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In 1994, seven year old Megan Kanka was tricked into Jesse Timmendequas' house in Hamilton Township, New Jersey. Jesse Timmendequas, the neighbor, was a convicted sex offender with two prior convictions for sexual abuse of a child, but no one in the neighborhood knew that. Once Megan was inside, Timmendequas raped and murdered her. Eventually, Timmendequas was convicted for the murder of Megan Kanka.
Following the death of Megan a grass roots movement led to the removal of the prohibition of law enforcement notifying the public of the presence of certain sex offenders living in their community. On May 17, 1996, President Clinton signed the Federal "Megan's Law". This law permitted law enforcement to release relevant information to the public about sex offenders.
For more information on Megan’s law and Sex Offenders, please visit the Megan's Law website.
How do I register as a Sex Offender?
Registration will be done by appointment only. Please call (949) 724-7000 during normal business hours.
If you have ever been convicted of a Sex Offense, you may be required to register under California law as a sex offender. The registration laws may have changed since you were convicted, and the sex offense for which you were convicted may have been added to the law requiring registration after the date of your conviction.
If the offense was added to the registration law after your conviction date, you may not have received personal notice of your duty to register as a sex offender. You will need to check with the Irvine Police Department’s Investigations Bureau to see if the sex offense for which you were convicted requires registration today, including any out-of-state sex offense convictions.
IT IS A CRIME TO FAIL TO REGISTER AND MAY COUNT AS A THIRD STRIKE.
In addition to Megan’s Law, there may be additional restrictions concerning your status as a sex offender, such as living near schools and parks. You should contact the Irvine Police Department Investigations Bureau for further information regarding these restrictions. Additional information concerning your sex offender registration is also available from:
California Department of Justice
Sex and Arson Registration Program
P. O. Box 903387
Sacramento, CA 94203-3870.