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Police Officer: Local Authorities Unable to Fully Track Sex Offenders

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Aired 4/19/09

A San Diego police officer says authorities lack the resources needed to keep track of the nearly 4,000 registered sex offenders in San Diego County. The comments came at a public forum at city hall yesterday. Reporter David Nogueras has more.

Commander Denise Felix heads up San Diego's Sexual Assault Felony Enforcement Task Force. She says even with tough new laws regulating sex offenders, legislation alone can't offer full protection to the people of San Diego.

Felix : We don’t want the community to have a false sense of security because I only have 12 agents that are assigned to my task force. When we talk about full protection, I think part of the process is informing residents how they can protect themselves.

Members of the panel recommend that parents use state websites to identify sex offenders living in their communities. They say 90 percent of children who are assaulted already know their attacker.

For KPBS, I'm David Nogueras.

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