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Megan's Law
The Story of Megan Kanka
Megan Kanka
In 1995, a previously convicted child molester was arrested and charged with the brutal rape and murder of 7-year old Megan Kanka. Unbeknownst to the Kanka family, the twice-convicted sex offender lived right across the street from them. Unfortunately, the local Police Department was prohibited from disclosing the presence of the sex offender in the neighborhood. The Kanka’s lobbied for laws requiring officials to adopt a notification policy, mandating the release of information pertaining to high risk sex offenders.

Megan’s Law Passes
On May 8, 1996, federal legislation H.R. 2137 was passed, requiring state and local law enforcement agencies to release relevant information to protect the public from violent sex offenders. This legislation was appropriately named “Megan’s Law.”

On September 26, 1996, similar state legislation was signed into law creating California’s version of “Megan’s Law,” establishing strict registration and notification provisions for sex offenders. Upon release from custody, a sex offender is now required to register at the local law enforcement agency in their city of residence. They must provide not only residency information, but information about employment and type of car(s) they drive. Also, each sex offender must register annually within 5 days of their birthday and within 5 days of changing their address or employment. Registration must be done annually for the rest of their lives.

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City of Laguna Niguel
30111 Crown Valley Parkway
Laguna Niguel, CA 92677
Tel: (949) 362-4300
Fax: (949) 362-4340

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