DanvilleExpress.com and SanRamonExpress.com have merged into DanvilleSanRamon.com. You are seeing this page because the story below was previously on SanRamonExpress.com. The archives of SanRamonExpress.com are available here, but visit DanvilleSanRamon.com for new information and stories about our area.

News


San Ramon Valley home to 17 sex offenders

Three live by parks, another by an elementary school

While San Ramon and Danville both enjoy reputations of being squeaky clean, there are currently 16 registered sex offenders –- along with another in Alamo –- living in the area.

That's not counting a list of others either serving time or awaiting trial. Among them: a former sheriff's deputy accused of molesting three children, an ex-Cub Scout leader serving time for child pornography, a former substitute teacher arrested on drug and child pornography charges, and two recent graduates of San Ramon Valley High School arrested or serving time for sex-related charges.

Of the 11 men in San Ramon currently on the sex offender registry, one man convicted of a sex crime involving a child lives near Village Green Park. Two others, also convicted of sex crimes against children live near Athens Downs Park, while a third -- also convicted of a sex crime involving a child -- lives not far from Twin Creeks Elementary School.

San Ramon also has three men who don't have to disclose their addresses to the state because of the nature of their crimes, and one transient, whose address is unavailable.

Four Danville residents are on the registry, known as the Megan's Law database. Of them, only two have to disclose their addresses because of their convictions; neither of them lives near a park or school, as is the case with the single Alamo resident on the database.

While studies show that sex offenders in general and pedophiles in particular have high recidivism rates, those in the area are being closely monitored, according to local police.

Contra Costa County has a detective assigned to keep tabs on the 350 or so sex offenders in the county, including those in Danville.

Those offenders are required to register with the Sheriff's Office every year around their birthdays, according to spokesman Jimmy Lee. He said random address verifications are also conducted by the Contra County Sheriff's Office.

Those who are on the state's Megan's Law database must re-register within five days of their birthdays; those who do not are likely to get a reminder from police and could ultimately wind up back in prison if they don't comply with the law.

Lee said deputies also conduct random sweeps throughout the year, usually in conjunction with other agencies.

"These sweeps throughout the county are done to confirm they are living where they say they are living, that they are meeting the conditions of their probation or parole, and to see if they are committing any new offenses," he explained.

San Ramon also conducts random checks, according to Lt. Dan Pratt.

"The SRPD (San Ramon Police Department) Investigation Division and Contra Costa County have personnel and teams that periodically go out to the homes of sex offenders to ensure they are living where they say they are and are abiding by the terms of their probation or parole," Pratt said.

The Megan's Law website is maintained by local police agencies. When a convicted offender moves away or into an area, police are notified and update their lists. The registry is named for 7-year-old Megan Kanka, who was raped and murdered in New Jersey in 1994.

Lee noted a section on the database that offers tips on "How To Protect Yourself and Your Family."

Comments

Posted by Sex Offender Issues, a resident of another community
on Jul 30, 2011 at 2:20 pm

"While studies show that sex offenders in general and pedophiles in particular have high recidivism rates"

This is not true, and people continually cite false information that others have said over and over. The facts are, sex offenders have the second lowest recidivism of any other criminal, except murderers, and if you care to see the facts, we have many studies linked on out blog, here:

Web Link

And why are there so many in one place? Maybe because it's due to the draconian residency restrictions, that force people to live in clusters because they cannot find any other place to live? Or they find where others are living, because offenders aren't land surveyors, so they live where others live.

You repeal the residency laws, which studies show that where someone sleeps at night, has nothing to do with if or when they will re-offend, most do not re-offend in the first place, and by pushing them away from support and family, you are making them potentially more dangerous due to the stress they must endure.


Posted by Justitia, a resident of San Ramon
on Jul 30, 2011 at 3:01 pm

Sex offenders are the lowest scum living in plain sight in our society. They deserve the life scrutiny they've got and anybody who's been affected by one knows no sympathy for what they've done to themselves, Let alone the lives they have stained forever with the torture of abuse.

I can live the rest of my life without caring one second how these people feel they've been treated unfairly. If they want to know how their victims feel, they can take their presumptious sentiments and multiply it a thousand fold. I only wish our modern world had more cognizance and more severe deterrent to this hideous criminal symptom because it's affected at least someone you know in every society.


Posted by GaB, a resident of another community
on Jul 30, 2011 at 8:24 pm

Not all sex offenders are your 'CSI TV' sex offender. To those who think that all sex offenders are child molesters, i think it's timke to step away from the TV and do some reading.
In addition to this, sex offenders have very low recidivism rates and the VAST majority of rearrests are for technical registry viloation. The laws are nearly impossible to live by and completely impossible to prosper under.


Posted by Fact checker, a resident of San Ramon
on Aug 1, 2011 at 11:37 am

I don't think blogspot info really qualifies as a reliable source, but the California survey that it links to shows a 50% one-year recidivism rate for 2005-06.

Studies show sex offender recidivism rates much higher than recidivism rates for other felonies. Let me point you toward the justice department sex offender management site for specifics: Web Link.

There's further information available in a 1994 study which concludes that sex offenders were about four times more likely than non-sex offenders to be arrested for another sex crime after their discharge from prison –– 5.3 percent of sex offenders versus 1.3 percent of non-sex offenders.


Posted by publius, a resident of San Ramon
on Aug 1, 2011 at 3:45 pm

One act , whether it is a first or second time molestation is one act too many.


Posted by mommyof3, a resident of San Ramon
on Aug 2, 2011 at 12:07 pm

a sex offender is EXACTLY that...a sex offender. can anybody say Phillip Garrido? too bad these weirdos picked san ramon...they should be in san quentin!


Posted by Janny, a resident of Blackhawk
on Jan 27, 2013 at 8:19 pm

Those who are on the state's Megan's Law database must re-register within five days of their birthdays; those who do not are likely to get a reminder from police and could ultimately wind up back in prison if they don't comply with the law. Web Link


If you were a member and logged in you could track comments from this story.

Sorry, but further commenting on this topic has been closed.