UPDATE: Five Sexual Offenders Arrested as Authorities Investigate Sierra LaMar Case

The sexual offenders were contacted because investigators were interviewing sexual offender registrants in the South County area, but were not arrested in connection with the Sierra LaMar case, but rather for their failure to register as sexual offenders.


After , Sheriff’s Office personnel have made five arrests and are investigating several other 290 PC registrants who may have violated their sex offender registration requirements, Sgt. Jose Cardoza of the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s said. 

The Sheriff’s Office Sexual Assault Felony Enforcement Task Force (SAFE) was tasked with physically contacting and interviewing all known South County residents with a sexual assault conviction in an attempt to gather information in the disappearance of Sierra LaMar, 15, who was last seen at her Morgan Hill home over a month ago. 

SAFE officials contacted the active sexual assault offenders registered in the South County area, but five apparently failed to register as required by California law. 

However, the arrested individuals were not detained in connection with the Sierra LaMar case. 

"The sexual offenders were contacted because of their status within the past month that we’ve been doing all the checks, and it just happened that they were out of compliance and arrested on unrelated charges," Cardoza said. “It’s related, but not. Had they not been contacted because of the Sierra LaMar case, most likely they wouldn’t have been arrested." 

Sexual offenders are required to register every year on their birthday and receive a card they carry on them afterward. If individuals convicted of a sexual assault aren't carrying their cards when contacted by police, authorities typically call the dispatch center to see if they’re current on their registration or out of compliance, Cardoza said.

“The reasons why they were found to be out of compliance, I don't know,” Cardoza said. “It’s either because they didn’t have their updated card on them or dispatch found they were out of compliance or somehow violated the requirements.”

There are a number of reasons a sexual offender may be found out of compliance, like moving to a different address. In that case, the sexual offender is required to register their new address within five working days, and sexual offenders who own multiple properties are required to register all their homes.

Follow-up investigations on the arrested individuals and a couple others who may be out of compliance are currently taking place, Cardoza said. 

Gilroy police arrested an individual on Iris Drive on April 20th for failing to register as a sex offender, but it’s not known whether the suspect is one of the individuals being investigated by the Sheriff's Office.

The individual was brought down to the Gilroy Police Department, but was released because police needed to conduct further investigation, Gilroy Police Sgt. Chad Gallacinao said. The case is currently being reviewed by the District Attorney’s office, and the individual’s name won’t be released until the review is finished.

Patch is currently trying to gather more information about the sexual offenders who failed to register, and will update this post when and if more information is released. 

For previous coverage of the Sierra LaMar case, refer to the Sierra LaMar Disappearance: Comprehensive Updates and Information page.

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Corinne Speckert May 01, 2012 at 01:03 AM
Hi Kathie, The figures in the article were provided by the Sheriff's Office in March. I'm not sure why they conflict with those on Megan's Law, but I'll remove them for now until I can confirm the exact numbers with authorities. And thank you for loving Gilroy Patch :)
Christine May 01, 2012 at 01:31 AM
Watchdog (similar and free to meganslaw.com) shows two rapists that have residences the back El Roble park and El Roble school. This makes me I'll.
Nathan Huber May 01, 2012 at 03:23 AM
What constitutes a sex offender? I know a guy who was drunk and got caught peeing in a public park at night and has to register..... How many people do you think are guilty of that sex crime? Would one of those people make you ill if they lived next door? The problem with sex offenses is they don't differentiate between them....
Kathie K May 01, 2012 at 06:27 AM
The sheriffs usually use county statistics and use south Santa Clara county to include parts of San Jose( south). They only deal with county stats. That's why they are in charge of sierras search and not MHPD. She lives in unincorporated county land. If anyone travels in unincorporated land in Morgan Hill, they know how few and infrequent the sheriffs are. I never see sheriffs in her area and I travel it almost 4 times a week. They do not have the insight as the MHPD has about the area and I believe botched up the first 48 hours of her search. Just my opinion
Kathie K May 01, 2012 at 06:30 AM
They are including your friend as well. If you go to the megans law website they have everyone listed. The only difference is that people like your friend, do not have to display their address. It's sad that they are placed with the worst of the worst.


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