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Chelsea King’s Case Raises Doubts About Megan’s Law

— The suspect in the death of Poway teenager Chelsea King is due in a San Diego courtroom this afternoon. John Gardner is in police custody on suspicion of murder and rape in the King case. Gardner is a registered sex offender. King's death has left some parents frustrated over whether Megan's Law is really working.

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The suspect in the death of Poway teenager Chelsea King is due in a San Diego courtroom this afternoon. John Gardner is in police custody on suspicion of murder and rape in the King case. Gardner is a registered sex offender. King's death has left some parents frustrated over whether Megan's Law is really working.

John Albert Gardner

Above: John Albert Gardner

Maggie Koyamatsu of Poway lives one block away from her children's school. She says Chelsea King's murder has made her think twice about letting her kids walk home alone.

"Cause you just don't know who's visiting your neighbor. I think the message I took you know is there's sex offender laws and they don't do any good."

One of those laws is Megan's Law. It requires sex offenders to register with authorities when they're released from prison. They must also alert police if they move.

But legal experts say the case of John Gardner -- the suspect in King's murder - is "exhibit A" in the limitations of Megan's Law. The Megan's Law website lists Gardner as living in Lake Elsinore in Riverside County. But he has also spent time at his parents' home in Rancho Bernardo, near the park where King was found dead. And Gardner registered as a sex offender at an Escondido address in November of last year.

"The registered sex offenders -- even though they have an address in one city, they're free to move from city to city as anybody else is," said San Diego Assistant Police Chief Boyd Long. "So the sex offender who may be in your neighborhood may not be in your neighborhood, they may be in somebody else's neighborhood. And those people just don't know that."

And that is a reality, says former San Diego District Attorney Paul Pfingst.

"Whatever precautions are taken to protect a community from sexual predators, they can never be fool proof unless we do not have a free society. In a dictatorial, totalitarian state we can tell people who have done their sentence and are back in the community what they can and cannot do. In a democratic society if you're not accused, and not under a sentence and not under the jurisdiction of a court, you are free to travel in the United States."

Local criminal defense Attorney Bob Grimes says the erratic nature of human behavior will also render even the most well-crafted law imperfect.

"A lot of these crimes we just can't predict them. There are 60,000 registered sex offenders in California and probably a relatively small proportion of them are going to commit a crime of a really serious violent nature. But we can't predict which ones or how they're going to occur. So Megan's Law is really limited from protecting us from this kind of thing.

Still, few aside from civil libertarians are ready to scrap Megan's Law. Assistant Police Chief Long say the public identification of sex offenders and the ability to share that information is crucial in monitoring the felons.

"Instead of law enforcement being solely responsible for this person's conduct or watching this person. We ask the community to help by having all eyes on that person to hopefully prevent them from committing another crime."

Former DA Pfingst says there's also a powerful psychological benefit to Megan's Law.

"The biggest impact of Megan's Law is to tell sexual predators and make them somewhat paranoid about the fact that if they walk down the street or in the community that people are watching them. If they show up at a park that people will talk about them. That I think has driven down crime."

Pfingst says he shares people's anguish over Chelsea King's death and their disappointment with laws designed to deter sex crimes.

"This case represents the frustration not only of Megan's Law and sexual predators. What it represents is the fact that a 17-year-old beautiful young woman was taken from us unfairly and we're angry about it and we have a right to be angry about it."

Pfingst says no law can stop 100 percent of criminals 100 percent of the time.

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shoshi | March 3, 2010 at 8:28 a.m. ― 4 years, 6 months ago

I have to wonder about these cases at this point. I've read so many over the years, too many at this point. The story is the same; 5 year old raped and killed by sexual predator, 7 year old raped and killed by registered sex offender, 11 year old raped and killed and body burned by registered sex offender, 14 year old missing on way to school never to be found, 17 year old missing after she went for a jog.. DNA evidence links registered sex offender. He may have had something to do with 14 year old and 22 year old assault in same area...and on and on and on.

Then we get the details. Freak molested a child once or twice. Freak got his hand slapped and went to jail for a few years or was on parole for a few years/months. Freak is "free". Freak found in connection with rape and murder. Then we read that he could have gotten up to 11 years in jail the first time but there was a plea bargain and he didn't get maximum sentence. What is there to bargain with when there is DNA evidence to prove that a freak has raped a child? Will someone please explain this to me? We see consistently that these freaks cannot be rehabilitated. They show no remorse. Experts say that it's in their head. The only way to stop them is to do a frontal lobotomy or keep them locked up for life. Chemical and physical castration doesn't work for freaks like this. It's been done and it does not work. When are we going to learn? Are we crazy? Crazy people are the ones that do the same thing over and over and over and get the same negative results.

-You rape and there is DNA evidence to link you to the crime you get no trial and you go to jail for a minimum of 30 years with no parole. Then when you're released you wear a tracking device until you're dead.

-You rape a child and there is DNA evidence you get no trial and you go to jail for life with no chance of parole, ever!

-You rape and kill, and there is DNA evidence, you die right away!

-No DNA for the first two and you get a trial.

Why do we continue to entertain this BS? If the prosecutors did their job Chelsea would not be dead. The forensic psych on the case recommended 11 years in jail for this freak. That recommendation was ignored. The freak held it together all these years and when he was free of the law, tracking device, parole and all, he did it again. Only this time it was worse. It always gets worse with these freaks especially when they've been in jail already for the same offense. This type of behavior, this type of control is not a sign of a mentally ill person. These are the actions of a very calculating predator. He waited to strike. It took thought and self control to strike when no one was looking.

I just don't get it.

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Rudy101 | March 3, 2010 at 8:58 a.m. ― 4 years, 6 months ago

Shoshi doesn't get it, because he has never read the U.S. Constitution. He doesn't understand, nor care where freedom comes from and how he came about enjoying it in his life. He doesn't understand sexual abuse either, where it occurs and who is actually doing it and who the victims are.

Well, Shoshi, without the U.S. Constitution it could be YOU accused of the most vile of crimes and you will not be able to defend yourself even a little bit.

And Shoshi, sexual abuse is mostly in the families. That means it is about family dynamics just as much as the criminal justice system.

And it isn't the court system that has failed it is society who does not like the court system that has failed. See, under civil proceedings you can put most any kind of restriction on a person if you have real evidence he is a continuing threat to society. And if you don't have that evidence or the evidence shows he is NOT a continuing threat to society then there are no restrictions, especially AFTER a sentence has been served.

And Shoshi, contrary to what you think, those FREAKS are human beings. They are much more closely linked to you than you can ever realize. If you knew anything about history, you would know that most of our ancestors weren't very nice people. They lied, raped, killed, tortured and did whatever they wanted or what the law would allow. You know? Jews, Blacks, Catholics, Irish... You name it and a population has turned on them. But they did create YOU. So they had their worth, eh, Shoshi?

The sex offender registry creates desperate, homeless, hungry and ultimately MORE dangerous people. It is NOT supervised by a court. It treats everyone the same, even the MOST dangerous with the least dangerous. The real problem is a total lack of respect for the judical branch of government. They are better equipped to deal with this kind of thing then any legislature can alone. But nobody wants a JUDGE making a decision on whether a person is dangerous or not, because the one thing the Constitution demands is EVIDENCE! And, one thing you also don't get is, what exactly is, "Rule of Law."

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coachkaren | March 3, 2010 at 9:14 a.m. ― 4 years, 6 months ago

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JessLynn | March 3, 2010 at 9:27 a.m. ― 4 years, 6 months ago

Agree with Shoshi, disagree with Rudy. What this monster did to Chelsea is NOT the behavior of a human being. Period.

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shoshi | March 3, 2010 at 9:43 a.m. ― 4 years, 6 months ago

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Rudy101 | March 3, 2010 at 9:48 a.m. ― 4 years, 6 months ago

Hey coachkaren, exactly WHAT constitutional rights are you talking about? The right to a trial? The right to an attorney? The right to not be under, "cruel and unusual punishment?" How about the 5th amendment? You don't know much about what RIGHTS are, do you coachkaren? But I tell you ONE thing, they DO HAVE RIGHTS YOU DO NOT HAVE! What are they, you might ask? They do not have to follow ANY ex-post facto laws, OR any laws that seek to double punish. Your one strike law for sex offenders will fail in ONE mission, and that is to end sexual abuse.

And JessLynn, you have no idea how bloody our history is, do you? Do you even know what America did to the Black race for 100's of years? The rape, the murder, the total annahilation of the rights of a race. But nobody cares, right? What could THIS person have in common with THOSE people who didn't give a squat about human rights except their own?

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Rudy101 | March 3, 2010 at 9:58 a.m. ― 4 years, 6 months ago

Wow! shoshi, you don't know about me or my experiences at all. But the freaks are also in your family tree. Remember that! Also, you don't know anything about sexual abuse and how it affects victims. You only parrot what society tells you to think. But I tell you THIS: You don't get to add ANY rules without a COURT! It doesn't work that way. Legislative fiat is inherently UNCONSTITUTIONAL! You will feel differently when one of the freaks is one of your misunderstood children! (Isn't that always the way? Personal experience makes the difference. Except the Constitution is there because NOBODY except a COURT can dispense of justice.) And your one strike law? It is sooo funny because you don't know anything about how prosecutors MUST work. Would you give 5 years to a child molester, or have him walk? That is what I thought!

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shoshi | March 3, 2010 at 9:59 a.m. ― 4 years, 6 months ago

What's your point with bringing up the past, Rudy? As higher level thinking beings aren't we supposed to learn from our mistakes? Yes, Blacks were treated horribly, so were we Jews. That's right, we Jews, Rudy. We move forward. We fight for these horrific things not to happen to "innocent" people. Victims, rudy. Key words are innocent and victim, Rudy. Sex offenders are not innocent people, Rudy. Some may have been victims but many are not. they're just freaks that cannot be rehabilitated. We lock up people who are mentally ill and threat to themselves and society, Rudy. These freaks fit the bill, Rudy. DNA is another key element here. There is no doubt when DNA has been confirmed to be that of the accused. End of discussion, Rudy. Your freaks need to be locked up for the rest of their lives. They've had years to think about ways of getting away with their deviant behavior. We've given them many chances. See what they do? Nothing scares them. Nothing stops them. Lock them up and you wont have to feel badly that they're homeless and hungry.

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Rudy101 | March 3, 2010 at 10:09 a.m. ― 4 years, 6 months ago

Yes, mommy of 4, My issue is to take down illegal laws that do NOT protect ANYONE! Nobody, not ANYONE has EVER shown how ONE registry law protects! In fact, they have been shown NOT to protect. They make people MORE likely to offend by making desperate outcasts of people. If that is true, what is the answer? You have it, and always have. You take people to COURT under civil proceedings. There you can put just about ANY restriction you like on a person, but, (and I know everyone hates this), they also get representation. You could actually make society safer, instead of stupid knee jerk laws that make the community LESS safe Does anyone really believe anyone has to follow a law that ONLY takes away safety and or security? The registry has been shown to do these things: threatens, harasses, banishes, and puts fear into offenders. Do you really believe you can be considered a nation of laws when you do? Because I tell you this: None of the rest of the world wants much to do with these idiotic laws...

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mommyof4 | March 3, 2010 at 10:10 a.m. ― 4 years, 6 months ago

HOMELESS AND HUNGRY ARE YOU KIDDING ME? GIVING THE CHANCE TO STILL BREATHE LET ALONE BE HOMELESS AND HUNGRY IS WAY TOOOOOO MUCH FOR THESE MONSTERS!!!!!

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Rudy101 | March 3, 2010 at 10:16 a.m. ― 4 years, 6 months ago

It is called, arbitrary governmental action, shoshi... It doesn't nor, ever does belong. You are making medical diagnosis on a whole group of people that the LEGISLATURE told you were dangerous. Now you are smart enough to know that no legislature can EVER make those kind of diagnosis. Put them in front of a court, with an independent doctor, the state and the offender or defendant. What if Germany had done that? Do you think the holocaust would have happened??????? And things get pretty cloudy when you talk about the Palestinians, don't they? The point is: We all got a lot better to do and the way NOT to do it is the way the State IS doing it. Understand that?

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shoshi | March 3, 2010 at 10:27 a.m. ― 4 years, 6 months ago

We've given them enough chances. No more chances! I stand by what I write. It's what I believe.

-You rape and there is DNA evidence to link you to the crime you get no trial and you go to jail for a minimum of 30 years with no parole. Then when you're released you wear a tracking device until you're dead. One Strike Law for sex offenders!

-You rape a child and there is DNA evidence you get no trial and you go to jail for life with no chance of parole, ever! One Strike Law for sex offenders!

-You rape and kill, and there is DNA evidence, you die right away! One Strike Law for sex offenders!

-No DNA for the first two "and it's you first offense" you get a trial.

I'll back anyone who lobbies for laws like this.

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Rudy101 | March 3, 2010 at 10:52 a.m. ― 4 years, 6 months ago

Over 700,000 people on a registry and not one of them have any way to challenge anything about the registry. Most people admit the registry covers people that are not dangerous, but I suppose a little illegal is ok. America does not know much about human rights at all. They label someone a terrorist and they can't even see an attorney. They have the largest prison system in the world and they forever want to expand it. They have no idea what social consciousness is. They care about protecting children from sex offenders, but could care less that many children have to stay at home alone without subsidized child care. They spend almost twice what the next country does on health care but has a life expectancy of some 3rd world countries. They have put 1 out of 3 black adult males under the criminal justice system. They don't care about the causes of crime because if they did they would have to take a real hard look into the mirror. But hey, there is always money to go to an illegal war! America is not so beautiful. It is a place of radicalism and ultra-nationalism. It is a place the world is increasingly not looking to for leadership!

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Nathan Gibbs | March 3, 2010 at 11:21 a.m. ― 4 years, 6 months ago

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Rudy101 | March 3, 2010 at 11:25 a.m. ― 4 years, 6 months ago

You completely miss the point, shoshi! I am not arguing that offenders get freedom to re offend. But always be careful about what the population believes. They believed the jews to be inferior, the believed blacks to be inferior, they believe gays to be inferior. Now they believe everyone on a registry is the type of criminal that Gardener has alledgedly committed. Your not rational, nor is the population. That is why the registry MUST be taken from society and given a little rationalization. Nobody is advocating for child molesters or killers. That is the job of the defense of Gardener (and YES, he does get a defense. If you think he doesn't you lose all credibility). But I do advocate for due process. That the system is FAIR! If you really think the legislature, any legislature job is to be fair, it is not. Their job is to pass laws and be re elected. If society can't follow the basics of what most of the world is following today, like judges, due process and the like, then what is going to happen is you are going to force the rest of the world to take care of people that the U.S. can't! If you think they are going to stand by and watch as the U.S. goes through it's own holocaust, the U.S. is going to find itself very alone! A COURT, A JUDGE, THE STATE, AN INDEPENDENT DOCTOR and an offender. If you can't do it, then you violate all the standards of law most of the world doesn't seem to have much trouble abiding by...

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shoshi | March 3, 2010 at 12:22 p.m. ― 4 years, 6 months ago

You're comparing apples to oranges by throwing everything into the pot. Like everything else there are varying degrees of wrong. When these offenders take our most vulnerable, the ones that need us the most, the truly innocent and pure, our children by force then cause them physical and mental harm and anguish by physically, mentally and sexually abusing them. Then they kill the victims which takes away any hope of them ever being able to recover, the offender has committed the worse crime imaginable. They've taken a life. The offender has no excuse for what they've done. They did not kill in self defense. They were not temporarily insane. They did what they did because they like it. They will tell you that they like it. It made them feel good. They satisfied an urge, a craving, a need. They are worse than animals because animals kill out of fear and hunger. I'll go a step further and say that they're even worse than the drug dealer who started dealing drugs out of socioeconomic necessity or peer pressure. There is still some detachment to the person when a dealer sells drugs. There is an understandable need to survive, put food on the table, get out of poverty. Even if it's the wrong way my intellect tells me I understand and it's sad but it's wrong. There is no need for survival and certainly no detachment when these criminals are alone with a screaming, scared child that pleads and fights for their life. They are as intimate as one human can get with another. The only thing they deserve in terms of human rights is to have them taken away completely! I may be ignorant when it comes to the law and how to change it but I'm right when it comes to these types of crimes. It's the worst and it's wrong! It goes against our basic instinct to protect our young. We can't all be wrong about what we see, hear and feel. These crimes are not the same as hate crimes, which is what we see with some when it comes to Jews, blacks and gays. These crimes go to the very core of most humans. You can't argue that what these freaks do is justifiable or right. There is no excuse. It's wrong.

As far as due process goes, yes he is entitled to due process as are all Americans. It's our constitutional right. He will get due process and he will have an attorney. He'll get all he is entitled to, unfortunately. But there needs to be a change in the law for these types of crimes. Especially the crimes where DNA leaves no doubt that the person in custody committed the crime. We're seeing that these types of criminals don't care if they go to jail for a few years. Therapy doesn't work for them. Parole doesn't work for them. So for the greater good they need to be locked up forever.

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x684867 | March 3, 2010 at 2:53 p.m. ― 4 years, 6 months ago

(1) DNA evidence can at times leave doubts. In Houston, Texas several years ago, improper crime lab procedures compromised many cases for example. Thus, any DNA evidence had to be re-evaluated because the DNA evidence is only as good as the processes by which the same is evaluated. It is not a magic bullet.

(2) Due process is NOT an entitlement to protect criminals as many Americans and their elected officials proclaim when hysterically advocating new laws. DUE PROCESS and all of the constitutional protections DO NOT protect criminals, it protects society from an otherwise arbitrary government. When Americans wake up to the fact that these protections protect us all, then we will be a better society.

(3) Numerous studies have shown that actual recidivism rates for sex offenders are extremely low. In 2002, US Dept. of Justice reported only 5% of sex offenders released in 1994 returned to prison for a new sex crime. (See "US Dept of Justice Report on Sex Offender Recidivism" http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/bjs/pub/pdf/rsorp94.pdf)

(4) California has shown some of the highest recidivism rates in the nation for years. This is because, in part, the state of California has refused to reform its prison system. It's prisons are the largest in the nation, competing with Texas, yet recidivism is double that of Texas prisons. The reason for this is the lack of control and measured programs. Texas in 2009 reported overall recidivism rates below 30% for the third consecutive year with lower crime rates, while California reports almost 60% recidivism annually. This is overall recidivism, and though sex offender recidivism rates are lower than that of other criminal categories both in California and Texas, California again exceeds the recidivism rates of the comparable population in Texas.

(5) Sex offender recidivism in Texas is lowered by an effective treatment program. In 2007 the Texas State Auditor released a report showing that sex offenders who completed the Texas Sex Offender Treatment Program (SOTP) were 61% LESS LIKELY to commit a new crime. (See “An Audit Report on Selected Rehabilitation Programs at the Department of Criminal Justice.” Texas State Auditor. March 2007. Report No. 07-026. Retrieved Oct 20, 2009. http://www.sao.state.tx.us/reports/main/07-026.html.)

(6) Lastly, I might remind you that the cost of registration programs is significant. For a state such as California which is near bankruptcy one must ask why California officials insist on a registration program that serves no legitimate need in the face of low recidivism rates when other solutions exist which effectively protect the public. As it stands now, the only group winning with the registration policies in place is the small cottage industry of lobbyists and vendors who advocate registration laws and who develop and maintain sex offender registration databases.

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BeenThereB4 | March 3, 2010 at 3:03 p.m. ― 4 years, 6 months ago

As a child I was raped by my father's best friend. Sometime's I wish I was dead because I cannot escape the memories that haunt me. I have been living a life of hell for the last 23 years. What hurts the most? Knowing that I could have done something to put that sick FREAK away, but I didn't.
Now I have a daughter of my own, and I am in fear for her future.

Once you have been raped and beaten your view on these scumbags, and our precious 'system' gets a bit cloudy. The day you identify your baby that you have so carefully nurtured and loved, but can't because the SICK FREAK had dismembered her helpless body beyond even your own recognigtion, you begin to question why this 'system' is not working.

From my point of view this is a sick freak and I am ashamed to be part of the human race. I am more ashamed that I live in a country where others think that these people deserve the same rights as law abiding citizens who actually contribute to the betterment of our country. If that makes me un-American because I don't agree with everything a bunch of men wrote on a scrap of paper 224 years ago...so be it.

I wonder if they had ever been raped...

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gerold | March 3, 2010 at 4:17 p.m. ― 4 years, 6 months ago

Hi BeenthereB4 - I sympathize with your feelings, and I can assure you, just about everyone agrees that the world will be a better place when Gardner (assuming he really is the perpetrator of this terrible crime!) is gone. I would be willing to administer justice to him personally.

But Rudy101 has been trying to explain some very important points here, and people are so angry that they just don't want to listen. They are complaining that our justice system is too kind to criminals, and sometimes it is, but keep in mind that we don't know who the criminals are, exactly, until they commit their crimes and are apprehended. Even then, we often aren't sure. We still convict the wrong person sometimes.

You want to protect the innocent; Rudy101 also wants to protect the innocent. Sometimes, we have to let the guilty go free in order to protect the innocent; it seems paradoxical, but life is a paradox. Don't let your anger and hurt prevent you from seeing that.

One final note - and I even hesitate to say this, but think about it, because it's true - the pain that you feel about crimes that have been committed against you is not that different from the feelings of a person like this Gardner. The anger that you feel over wrongs that you have suffered; that anger is not that different from what Gardner feels, and probably both come from similar causes.

Do not be ashamed of the human race because of what this criminal psycho has done. Do not be ashamed of yourself, because of what was done to you. The cause of these crimes: not enough love. The result of these crimes: even more hate. The answer to these crimes: more love, more compassion, more understanding, and even a little forgiveness.

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Dellamary | March 5, 2010 at 9:52 a.m. ― 4 years, 6 months ago

I think it is also important to institute a measure that will make judges, attorneys, etc. accountable for their actions after they exonerate this type of “creatures”.
We need to be able to prosecute for malpractice the attorneys and judges that exonerate a sex offender if the sex offender repeats the offense.

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tammyinca | March 5, 2010 at 10:12 a.m. ― 4 years, 6 months ago

WOW... more love and compassion for registered sex offenders?!? Do you actually think that giving more love to someone who has raped or killed another human being will rehabilitate them? That is just CRAZY!

The problems with Megan's Law are:

1. It puts the responsibility for tracking offenders in the hands of law-abiding citizens who are very busy following laws and working hard. We don't necessarily have the time to try and "track" or "avoid" these offenders among all of the thousands of people we see every single day.

2. It doesn't solve the ROOT problem which is the fact that sex offenders and criminals are not afraid of the consequences of their actions. They rape a child and they have to register their address... is that really a deterent? No, I don't think so. I am close with someone in law enforcement and I hear about it every single day... criminals repeat offenses and get off without any severe punishment. They KNOW they will not have to pay for their crimes. THIS is the real problem. It sickens me to think that people in our country think that a 3-strike rule is a problem!! Come on... 3 strikes isn't enough?!? Criminals are not afraid of the consequences of their behaviors. Our country continues to actually provide financial benefits to drug addicts and criminals at law-abiding citizens costs and creating more financial problems for our country and states. If only you knew what these people were doing with your money... not working, sitting around in low-income housing, abusing drugs / alcohol, neglecting or abusing their children and thinking about how they can get more money from the system or from committing more crimes (id theft, drugs, robbery, whatever!) It's REDICULOUS!!!

3. Sex offenses are not classified differently. Everyone gets registered, no matter how small their offense. This makes the sytem overwhelming and way too expensive to maintain. Create a different system for the more serious offenders!!!

4. We continue to baby all criminals for fear that we will accidentally punish the 1 in a million innocent person. The result is that we do not deter crime with this approach. If we had more servere and visible punishment, there would be LESS crime!!

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CalBoomer | March 5, 2010 at 10:44 a.m. ― 4 years, 6 months ago

I am deeply saddened at thee events of these past 2 weeks. Beautiful person is lost to another predator. It continues . . . Remembering the grief of parents on TV from Florida to California to . . . How do we stop these things from happening. Well, there was that plea bargain . . . Really ? He attacked a 13 year old and not only molested her he beat her ! But that is how the justice system works here and everywhere.
California came up with "3 Strikes" after Polly Klass but where was the funding to prosecute and house these people.
There was none.
We hang on to our "Prop 13" and our "super-majority" to raise any tax but wonder why these people get to live among us.
Justice costs $$$$$ Ladies and Gentlemen !

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JonBoy | March 5, 2010 at 11:15 a.m. ― 4 years, 6 months ago

I will comment more later but this just came in and I wanted to share it before I go to work....

Why Child Molesters Are Treated Leniently, Today at Noon on AM600 KOGO



Why can't they say, "Parole: DENIED"?

Dear Jon,

The Chelsea King case in San Diego has once again raised the issue of known sexual predators "falling through the cracks" of the justice system. Instead of being locked away for long sentences, there are too many times that judges and parole boards treat them more like petty thieves than the horrendous offenders they are. Why is that? I have a strong opinion, and I'll share it with you today at Noon on AM600 KOGO.

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hannahcohen | March 5, 2010 at 4:55 p.m. ― 4 years, 6 months ago

Here are some suggestions about changing Megans Law.When sex offenders are registering their residence also include both mother and father's address must be disclosed.Since most people visit parents.it should be disclosed what city they work. Sex offenders should be required to wear GPS tracking for life. They should be fined yearly fee to maintain the device so that so tax payers don't pay for it. If you are a registered sex offender and you live in the county of san diego you will have to pay a 250 dollars a year as a special assessment for cover expenses to up keep their data. if a sex offender offends and at the time is living elsewhere other than the registered addresses, if he is living in someone's home, the people who live their will also be charged as accessories and harboring a fugitive. this will help cut down on people who help sex offenders "hide." make a anonymous hotline for people to report sex offenders who are not living where they are supposed to be living. to help cut down on sex offenders hiding.also it should be disclosed in what city they work in. also becuase we live close to the border, any illegal who is charged with a crime against a child should be deported immediatly and any welfare and governemnt aid should stop immediatly. also anyone who commits a crime against a child loses their driving license privledges for two years.also we need more safety training for children. a yearly seminar every year in every school about the dangers to talking to strangers, how to protect themselves. post megan laws local offenders photos in schools. also start mother carpools and have some incentive to do a mothers carpool to help have less children walking to and from school.please help to change the laws to better protect our children.we owe it to our children. lets make san diego county the most unfriendliest place for sex offenders to live in. thank you

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Savior316 | March 6, 2010 at 5:03 p.m. ― 4 years, 6 months ago

I understand Rudy's point of view and I also understand Sushi's frustration. One thing everyone must remember is this: Given the same circumstances in your upbringing and mental instability, you too, could be capable of committing the same hideous crime. That goes for any one of us.
Just as Chelsea's father stated in his interview a couple of days ago, "God will take care of this."
Instead of pointing fingers, maybe we should be thankful that we were blessed enough to have the families and stability we grew up in. There was a very interesting article in today's San Diego Union Tribune on Gardner's troubled youth.
An innocent child isn't born with a knife in his hand, he is influenced and programmed by many circumstances throughout his youth and our twisted society.
The Apostle Paul once wrote, "Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners - of whom I am the worst." 1Timothy 1:15. In God's eyes we are just as evil as Gardner without salvation from Christ.

With Blessings,
James

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jayd | October 10, 2010 at 9:57 p.m. ― 3 years, 11 months ago

Hey rudy101
it doesnt sound like you have to many people who support your view about this topic.
most people have no idea about megans law or how the legal system works.
They probably dont know there is a guy on megans law who is 19 years old who was convicted of statatory rape just because he had consentual sex with his 17 year old girlfriend.
And another 25 year old guy took nude pictures or a video of his 17 year fiance, and was convicted of production of child pornogry.
And another guy who lent his laptop out to someone at work, and the guy set him up by downloading a few images through a file sharing program of females that looked under age, and the guy who owned the laptop who unknowingly had those images on his laptop was convicted of possession of child porn.
There are alot of cases were guys are being conviced of sex crimes against females under 18 where the minor lied about their age, or it was a case of consenual sex or touching by the minor, but when confronted by the parents they lied and said they didnt consent
All of these guys have to register for megans law for 10 years to life, depending on the state, even after they have served their time in prison.
The majority of the over 700,000 registered offenders are most likey full of cases like these.
There are probably a few hundred of those freaks like the guy who raped and killed Megan in NJ, the Lunsford girl in FL, and now this freak in CA.
Megans law was very well intented in the beginig to try and make the public aware of where the sexual monsters that prey on children are
I believe that the proven few sexual preditors, and pedifiles who have a sexual intrest in prepubesent children( under 13) have an incurable disease & should be locked up for life.because they will always reoffend
Megans law should protect the public by giving noctice where only the most dangerous freaks are at all times, maybe with some kind of tracking device.
But for the guys i mentioned earler who a absolutly no threat to society, should not be put on some list where everyone they live by, and work with who will label them in the same catagory with the freaks., megans law started because of the public outcry to stop the most dangerous monsters that raped, and murdered those poor inocent children. but in order to try to stop a few hundred of those monsters in our country, it is now throwing a blanket over hundreds of thousands of the most hamless, and sometimes inocent men, and publicly ridiculing them when they shouldnt be.
Murderers are much more dangerous then most of the guys registering as a sex ofenders, but there is no registration requirement for murders
when they get out of prison.
If megans law is not redone to apply to only the most dangerous sexual preditors.
i hope more people will see that megans law is not working and geting out of control
& will get together to try to revise, or put end to megans law as it is now.

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