Meganís Law

A brief history...

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).

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.

Megan's Law in Fresno County

The Fresno County Sheriff's Department is dedicated to giving the residents of Fresno County the most up to date information possible about Sexual Offenders.  The Fresno County Sheriff's Department in accordance with State and Federal laws wishes to provide the citizens of Fresno county with the information necessary to protect themselves and their families from danger.

You can find out about sexual predators from the Fresno County Sheriff's Department in the following way:

Fresno County Sheriff's Department "Megan's law" viewing station
Located at the Sheriff's Department Administration Building: 2200 Fresno St. (Fresno & M St.)

Local Law Enforcement combines lists of the various sexual offenders in your community.  These lists are broken down into 3 categories "Serious", "High-risk", and "Other".

Megan's Law makes available to adults and organizations information on "Serious" and "High-risk" sex offenders in their local community.  The information on a registered sex offender includes:

  • name and known aliases;

  • age and sex;

  • physical description, including scars, marks and tattoos;

  • photograph, if available;

  • crimes resulting in registration;

  • county of residence;

  • zip code (based on last registration).

Please note that California law does not allow the release of information on "Other" sex offenders.

"Other" sex offenders are required to register, but are not subject to disclosure under Megan's Law.  These "Other" sex offenders are individuals convicted of pornography, exhibitionism, misdemeanor sexual battery, incest or spousal rape.  Additionally, sex offenders adjudicated in juvenile court are not subject to public disclosure. As of November 1, 1999, there were over 12,800 "other" registered sex offenders within California

If you need further information about Sexual Offenders or Sexual Crimes you may contact:

Detective Art Ybarra                   Ph# (559) 488-3740

Detective Hardin Weaver           Ph# (559) 488-3912