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Orange County motel evicts seven paroled child molesters

4-28-2007 California:

California law prohibits discrimination against registered sex offenders in housing or accommodation:
290.46(j) (1) Any person who uses information disclosed pursuant to this section to commit a misdemeanor shall be subject to, in addition to any other penalty or fine imposed, a fine of not less than ten thousand dollars ($10,000) and not more than fifty thousand dollars ($50,000). (2) Any person who uses information disclosed pursuant to this section to commit a felony shall be punished, in addition and consecutive to any other punishment, by a five-year term of imprisonment in the state prison.

290.46(l) (1) A person is authorized to use information disclosed pursuant to this section only to protect a person at risk. (2) Except as authorized under paragraph (1) or any other provision of law, use of any information that is disclosed pursuant to this section for purposes relating to any of the following is prohibited: (A) Health insurance. (B) Insurance. (C) Loans. (D) Credit. (E) Employment. (F) Education, scholarships, or fellowships. (G) Housing or accommodations. (H) Benefits, privileges, or services provided by any business establishment.
It is clear that the media used the registry in a manner that is prohibited by the registry laws. The media had no interest to protect and apparently the police have done nothing about that violation of California law!

GARDEN GROVE, Calif. -- A local motel has evicted seven paroled child molesters after police issued a public warning about the men.

The registered sex offenders were forced from the Garden Grove Inn Friday because of the media attention they were drawing, said motel co-owner John Ting.

The move came a day after police passed out about 700 fliers listing the names and photos of 16 high-risk offenders living in the Garden Grove Inn and the Hospitality Inn to local homes and businesses.

California law says high-risk sex offenders must be paroled to their home counties but they cannot live within a half-mile of a school or park. Only the hotel area in Garden Grove and two areas of Anaheim and Costa Mesa fill that bill in Orange County, police said.

Though parolees are responsible for finding housing, parole agents can suggest locations such as the motels, said Bill Sessa, spokesman for the state Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

Michelle Catenacci, a mother of six staying at the Garden Grove Inn, supported the evictions.

"We had been asking for months for the management to get rid of them," she said.

Other guests said they were unfazed by the parolees.

"We knew where they all were," said guest Denise West, who has a 4-year-old daughter. "We wouldn't let our daughter play outside. I don't mind seeing them go, but they hadn't affected me." ..more.. by Associated Press

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