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More Information About Megan's Law
What Determines Whether The Public Is Notified?
  • Megan’s Law authorizes but does not mandate law enforcement to release information to communities. However, agencies may notify the public about high risk and serious sex offenders who reside in, are employed in, or frequent the area.
  • The Orange County Sheriff’s Department has very specific guidelines and a strict dissemination policy that is handed down by County Council.
  • The law specifies that there must be a balance between the privacy rights of the offender and the publics need to protect itself.
  • A tiered classification system is used in the threat assessment of sex offenders. The assigned risk level governs how much information and where law enforcement is authorized to notify the public. The following are the basic classifications:
    • Other: The least serous sex offenders, who have been convicted of a single misdemeanor sex offense.
    • Serious: Has been convicted of a single felony offense or misdemeanor child molestation.
    • High Risk: Has been convicted of at least one violent sex offense.
    • Violent Offender: Has been convicted of at least one violent sex crime against one or more victims.

What You Can Do To Protect Your Family and Yourself 
  • Know your neighbors: joining a Neighborhood Watch group is a great way to help protect yourself.
  • Educate yourself about who is living in your community by viewing the Megan’s Law web-site.
  • Be suspicious of someone who seems more interested in spending time with your children rather than you.
  • Don’t give out personal information over the Internet. Many predators find their victims in chat rooms and other on-line sites.
  • Be suspicious of someone who regularly offers to babysit, help out, or take children on outings alone.
  • If you live in an apartment or condo-complex avoid being alone in the laundry facility or garage by yourself.
  • Many convicted sex offenders have admitted that they knew their victims and had gained their trust.

How Can I Find Out If A Sex Offender Lives Near Me?
Laguna Niguel Police services and the Orange County Sheriff’s Department is committed to keeping all of our residents informed about sexual offenders living near them. The City of Laguna Niguel participates in the Megan’s Law Map Program which allows residents to access Megan’s Law Offender Information via the Orange County Sheriff’s Department.

In addition, the public is allowed to search the Megan’s Law database by name, county and/or zip code. A person can access names, photos, physical descriptions, aliases, and a summary of sex offenses, but not the exact address of the offender. The site contains information on California’s sex registrants currently designated as “Serious” and “High Risk,” and is updated nightly by the Department of Justice. The Megan’s Law site is available for viewing at the following Orange County Sheriff’s Department locations:

OC Sheriff’s Dept.
Aliso Viejo, Station
11 Journey, Aliso Viejo
(949) 425-1800
OC Sheriff’s Dept.
Headquarters
550 N. Flower, Santa Ana
(714) 647-7040
OC Sheriff’s Dept.
San Clemente Station 
100 Presidio, San Clemente
(949) 381-8372 

For additional information about Megan’s Law, please contact Kimberly Sawyer in the Crime Prevention Unit at (949) 362-4305.

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

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