Registering as a sex offender is devastating not only to the defendant, but to their families and children, said Fresno attorney Roger Nuttall, who has represented several teachers who have been accused of unlawful sex with a minor. Sex offenders under supervision have restrictions on where they can live, work and who they may have contact with. Wiener said the bill, known as SB 384, was supported by prosecutors, defense lawyers, victims rights groups and civil liberties organizations.
He also said law enforcement officials wrote the reform legislation with support from rape crisis advocates and criminal justice reform groups to make the sex offender registry a more effective tool for monitoring high-risk offenders and solving sex crimes.
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Confronted with the evidence, former Parlier High School boys varsity basketball coach Francisco Peña told police he had sex with an underaged student “just one time.” And when the detective asked if he could search his home in March 2016, Peña said yes and signed a consent form.
“I need to own up to my mistake,” he said, according to a Parlier police report.
High-risk, sexually violent and repeat sex offenders would still be required to register for life, said Sen.
Scott Wiener, D-San Francisco, who co-authored the bill with Joel Anderson, R-Alpine.
SB 384 will cost about $10 million over a three-year period to make major information technology changes to the existing databases, as well to the automated record review.