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.