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Chula Vista conducted a city-wide sex offender audit

Detectives checked up on nearly 300 people registered as sex offenders in Chula Vista for their compliance with state law
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The Chula Vista Police Department conducted a city-wide audit of almost 300 registered sex offenders last week and set out arrest warrants for those deemed out of compliance. 

The city-wide audit took place on Nov. 10 from 7 A.M. to 12 P.M. to check on the nearly 300 people registered as sex offenders in Chula Vista. Justice California categorizes sex offenders into three tiers based on risk level, with tier 1 being the lowest risk to the public, and tiers 2 and 3 progressively representing more of a risk. 

According to the Chula Vista Police Department, detectives were assigned to verify their compliance with state law on a regular basis to ensure they are providing true and up-to-date information about their residences, phone numbers, vehicles, and employment. 

Of all registered sex offenders in the city, 180 were categorized under tiers 2 and 3, according to CVPD Sgt. Anthony Molina. Out of 186 residences detectives visited, 151 compliance checks were completed, and 35 are pending an additional visit.

Law enforcement officers found 138 registrants in compliance. One registrant was arrested for an unrelated felony warrant, and 13 are being evaluated by detectives.  

According to Sgt. Molina, officials conducted home visits at all listed addresses for tiers 2 and 3 registered sex offenders at one time. 

“The Department will seek arrest warrants for those determined to be out of compliance. The operation was one of many strategies that local law enforcement uses to keep our communities safe and hold offenders accountable,” said Molina in a statement.

There were over 40 law enforcement officers who conducted the city-wide audit, including every detective of the Chula Vista Investigations Division, members of the Sexual Assault Felony Enforcement (SAFE) Task Force, the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department, the San Diego District Attorney’s Office, California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, and the United States Marshals Service. 

Members of the public are encouraged to visit the California Department of Justice Megan’s Law Website at https://www.meganslaw.ca.gov/ for more information about sex offenders in their area.   

For more information on sex registration tiering, the public can visit the California Department of website, or reference their frequently https://oag.ca.gov/sites/all/files/agweb/pdfs/csor/registrant-faqs.pdf .