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County approves sex offender alert system

Posted: April 23, 2008 2:24 a.m.
Updated: June 24, 2008 5:02 a.m.
 
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a motion Tuesday calling for the development of a countywide alert system that would notify local officials whenever a sex offender tries to register at the address of a state-licensed foster or child care facility.

The motion was introduced by Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich at Tuesday's regular board meeting.

It comes on the heels of a state audit released last week that revealed, of the 75,000 community care facilities licensed by the state's Community Care Licensing Division, the addresses of 49 registered sex offenders matched those of 46 licensed facilities statewide, including foster and child care homes.

Under state law, foster and daycare licensees have the responsibility to report the names of any adults living in or associated with their facilities.

In a press release issued by his office, Antonovich reportedly said: "We need a reliable mechanism that coordinates State and County databases and sends a red flag whenever a sex predator attempts to register at a location that serves the needs of children."

Antonovich has also initiated a strict new County ordinance that strengthens the state's residency restrictions for sex offenders. The ordinance will be considered by the Board after County departments have completed a required mapping study in 60 days.

He also initiated the county's online Sex Offender Locator Map in 2002 and the county's Amber Alert system, which has become a model for the state and other jurisdictions nationwide.

A detective with the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station told The Signal this week that more than 275 registered sex offenders currently reside in Santa Clarita.

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