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Megan's Law


In 1995, a convicted child molester was arrested for the murder and rape of 7 year-old Megan Kanka in a New Jersey suburb. The offender lived right across the street from the Kanka residence, however the Police Department was prohibited from disclosing the presence of this child molester because at the time the law did not allow the release of sex offender information to the public. The law was changed to permit the release of this information to the public and on May 8, 1996, President Clinton signed the law, dubbed "Megan's Law" in remembrance of little Megan Kanka. The California State Legislature signed California's version of Megan's Law into effect on September 25, 1996. This law was implemented to allow potential victims to protect themselves and allow parents to protect their children.

The Pleasanton Police Department regularly updates offender information and conducts annual registrations with every sex offender residing in our community. Among other mandates, sex offenders are required to update their registration, name and vehicle information within 5 working days of their birthday each year. All registrants are required to notify local law enforcement within 5 days of any relocation in or outside the jurisdiction. In the event a registered sex offender fails to comply with this law, a warrant is sought through the Alameda County District Attorney's office and an arrest can be made. It is our intent to maintain the integrity of Megan's Law and ensure that violators are held accountable.

In December, 2005 the California Department of Justice implemented a free internet website, accessible to the public, where information about registered sex offenders can be obtained. The web address is

As a result of a new law, this site will provide you with access to information on more than 63,000 persons required to register in California as sex offenders. Specific home addresses are displayed on more than 33,500 offenders in the California communities; as to these persons, the site displays the last registered address reported by the offender. An additional 30,500 offenders are included on the site with listing by ZIP Code, city, and county. Information on approximately 22,000 other offenders is not included on this site, but is known to law enforcement personnel.  The database can be searched by a sex offender’s specific name, to obtain ZIP Code and city/county listings, and to obtain detailed personal profile information on each registrant.  The map application also allows you to search your neighborhood or anywhere throughout the State to determine the specific location of any of those registrants on whom the law allows us to display a home address including the proximity of a registered offender to any specific street address, school or park.

There is also a free website for information of sex offenders outside California:


If you should have any questions or comments regarding Megan's Law or this website please contact Lt. Jeff Bretzing by phone at (925)931-5134, or by e-mail.



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