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    Sex Offender Registration List Disclosure
       

    You should not rely solely on the sex offender registry as a safeguard against perpetrators of sexual assault in your community. The crime for which a person is convicted may not accurately reflect the level of risk. 

     

    The list should not be used to inflict retribution or additional punishment on any person convicted of an offense involving unlawful sexual behavior.  Any reports of harassment will be investigated and prosecuted.  

     

     

     

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    Our Commitment to You Since July 1991, Colorado law requires persons convicted of certain acts of unlawful sexual behavior to register with the local law enforcement agency in which they reside.

     

    History Washington State's 1990 Community Protection Act was the first law in the United States that authorized public notification whenever a dangerous sex offender is released into a community. However, it was the brutal 1994 rape and murder of seven-year-old Megan Kanka that compelled the public to demand a broad based community notification law. On May 17, 1996, President Bill Clinton signed what is now known as Megan's Law. Megan's Law has the following two mandates:

    Sex Offender Registration The 1994 Jacob Wetterling Act requires states to register individuals convicted of sex crimes against children. Sex offender registration laws are essential because:

    * Sex offenders pose a high risk of re-offending after release from custody.
    * Protecting the public from sex offenders is a primary governmental interest.
    * The government's interest of public safety supersedes the privacy interests of persons convicted of sex offenses.
    * Release of certain information about sex offenders to public agencies and the community in which it serves will assist in greater public safety.

    Community Notification Megan's Law allows states discretion to establish criteria for disclosure, but compels them to make private and personal information about registered sex offenders available to the public. Community notification also:

    * Assists law enforcement personnel in investigations.
    * Establishes legal grounds to hold known offenders.
    * Deters sex offenders from committing new offenses.
    * Offers citizens information they can use to protect children from victimization.

    For a general view of where registered sex offenders reside in the city, visit our our Police Maps. These maps do not have specific names and addresses of the offenders; however, citizens who show proof of residency in the city of Grand Junction may visit the Grand Junction Police Department at 555 Ute Avenue (on the southwest corner of Ute Avenue and 6th Street) and request a copy of the registered sex offender registry. This registry provides a complete list of names and addresses of those registered within the city of Grand Junction.

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    GJPD Sex Offender Contact Information

     

    Specific questions regarding sex offender information can be answered by Lorie Sanchez at (970) 549-5234.