Megan’s Law Loopholes
According to California's Sex Offender Management Board, the number of sex offenders on the Megan's Law website is nearly 17,000 less than than the number of registered sex offenders in the state. That's because Megan's Law exempts some registered sex offenders, including those convicted of sexual battery or a misdemeanor charge of annoying or molesting a child. The law also provides for exclusions of other sex offenses as long as they don’t involve “oral copulation or penetration.”
In the case of Robert Adams, he pleaded no contest to charges that he allegedly molested six girls. But by entering into a plea agreement, the felony charges were dropped in exchange for Adams pleading no contest to six counts of misdemeanor child molestation. Part of Adams’ plea agreement was that he register as a sex offender for life. Adams has reportedly registered with Folsom police as a sex offender. However, the information kept by the police is not available to the public.
When it comes to the state's public database of sex offenders, Megan's Law only requires registration of serious and violent sex offenders. The Megan’s Law website is intended to make the public aware of sex offenders by posting their pictures and home addresses online.
Help for Sex Abuse Victims
In the California Sex Offender Management Board 2015 Annual Report, it notes that California contributes a total of only $45,000 to sexual violence programs for survivors even though there are over 2 million Californians who are survivors of rape and 8 million who are survivors of other forms of sexual violence. As a result, victims find it nearly impossible to receive treatment and support services.
If you are a sexual abuse victim, call our law firm at 408-289-1417 for a free and confidential evaluation of a potential civil claim against your predator and/or the institution that allowed the abuse to occur. You may also contact us by using the email form to the right.