Sex Offenders Not Making It On Megan’s Law Website

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Some convicted sex offenders are not getting listed on the Megan’s Law website, and not because they’re failing to register.

Victim advocates say government budget cuts are to blame.

“I know the Department of Justice took huge cuts, lost many people and they are backlogged because they don’t have man power,” said Nina Salarno-Ashford, executive director of Crime Victims United.

A potential reason one convicted sex offender, John Ganoe, now accused of assaulting a 13-year-old girl at knifepoint, never made it to the Megan’s Law Registry.

“It doesn’t surprise me that he didn’t make it to the registry,” said Salarno-Ashford.

Lodi Police say Ganoe registered his new address with them on April 26, but that information never made it to the registry.

A spokesperson with the Department of Justice wouldn’t comment on the Ganoe case, but denied allegations the Megan’s Law Registry is backlogged. He said if someone is not on the site, it’s because their previous crimes don’t warrant public notification.

“I find it sad an appalling because he is obviously a high risk sex offender but it doesn’t shock me,” said Salarno-Ashford.

Another issue in the Ganoe case is that he moved to Lodi from Florida. In California, when that happens, the DOJ looks at the law broken in the other state and finds one that is similar to that in California. They then use that Californian law to decide whether a sex offender should be disclosed to the public.

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2 comments

  • paulshan

    In the past 25 years, the laws governing sex offenses have gone from punitive to draconian to senseless. The term 'sex offender' simply covers too wide a range now, painting the few truly heinous crimes and the many relatively innocuous ones with the same broad brush. This overly broad approach wastes resources that could be better spent, for instance, on clearing the huge and unforgivable backlog of untested rape evidence kits. We see even deeper problems: the explosion of sex offender registries, stringent yet demonstrably ineffective residency restrictions, and the bizarre world of 'civil commitment,' where we punish what someone might do rather than what he or she has done. All of this suggests that our entire approach to dealing with sex offenders has gone tragically off the rails.

  • oncefallendotcom

    Nina Ashford is the typical victim industry advocate getting her 15 minutes because this issue makes money for people like her. The registry is the cluster-you-know-what that it is because of revenge driven "victims' rights" groups like herself. They blind people with their emotional veils ("support us or you're pro-pedo"). So no one dares questionwhy the NCMEC pushes the federal Adam Walsh Act so much. Perhaps it is because the NCMEC gets a share of ALL funds for that bad law.

    The registry is a cash cow and nothing else. It should be abolished.