Megan's Law

What's New: The Megan's Law database is no longer available at the Monterey County Sheriff's Office.

Recently, AB 1323 was signed. This bill changed the requirement for the Sheriff's Office to provide public access to the Megan's Law via their internal access.

You may access the Attorney General's Megan's Law Internet Web Site at www.meganslaw.ca.gov.

If you do not have Internet access, you will be able to access the Internet at your local public library.

Please note that many of these registrants are currently in violation of their registration requirements. These offenders are listed on the Monterey County's Most Wanted web page in this site. Any information you may have on these individuals should be reported to your local law enforcement immediately.

History:

Megan's Law is named after seven-year-old Megan Kanka, a New Jersey girl who was raped and killed by a known child molester who had moved across the street from the family without their knowledge. In the wake of the tragedy, the Kanka's sought to have local communities warned about sex offenders in the area.

Now, California's Megan's Law arms the public with certain information on the whereabouts of dangerous sex offenders so that local communities may protect themselves and their children. The law also authorizes local law enforcement to notify the public about high-risk and serious sex offenders who reside in, are employed in, or frequent the community.

The law is not intended to punish the offender and specifically prohibits using the information to harass or commit any crime against the offender. It recognizes that public safety is best served when registered sex offenders are not concealing their location to avoid harassment."   
--Office of the Attorney General, California/DOJ

California for more than 50 years, has required dangerous sex offenders to register with their local law enforcement agencies. However, information on the whereabouts of these sex offenders was not available to the public until the implementation of the Child Molester Identification Line in July 1995. The information available was further expanded by California's Megan's Law in 1996 (Chapter 908, Stats. of 1996).