Weisenberg Legislation Closes Sex Offender Loophole and Expands Notification Requirements

Measure passes Assembly and Senate
June 16, 2011
Assemblyman Harvey Weisenberg (D-Long Beach) announced the Senate and Assembly passed legislation he authored that would require people convicted of attempting unlawful surveillance to register as sex offenders (A.5661). This would allow law enforcement to notify communities of the exact addresses of these sex offenders.

“Those who attempt to take inappropriate pictures or video of someone, without that person’s knowledge, should be required to register as sex offenders,” Weisenberg said. “This legislation will help arm families with the information they need to protect themselves from predators.”

Current law provides that someone convicted of unlawful surveillance where cameras are installed in a bedroom, changing room, restroom or hotel room, or for one’s sexual gratification, must register as a sex offender. Weisenberg’s legislation would update the law to force those guilty of attempting to commit unlawful surveillance to be listed in the sex offender registry.

The legislation would also allow local law enforcement to notify communities that are considered to have vulnerable populations about the exact address of Level 2 sex offenders, not just the zip codes of these offenders. Currently, law enforcement is not permitted to provide the exact addresses of these sex offenders to the community.

“Parents and families have a right to know if a sex offender is living right next door, or around the block” Weisenberg said.

This legislation is the latest in a series of measures passed by the Assembly to protect families from sexual predators, Weisenberg said. He also helped enact measures banning sexual predators from using social networking sites (Ch. 67 of 2008), creating the crime of child luring (Ch. 405 of 2008) and allowing citizens to sign-up for email notifications about the presence of sex offenders in their community (Ch. 478 of 2009).

“Information and vigilance are the best tools we have to keep our families safe,” Weisenberg said. “By closing this loophole in the sex offender registry law, we will provide our communities with additional protections against dangerous people.”