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, dubbed "Megan's Law", was changed to permit the release of this information to the public. California's version of Megan's Law went 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 California State Attorney General maintains the Megan's Law Directory that provides information on registered sex offenders. The website includes those offenders registered in Sierra County. The website is updated daily from information provided by local law enforcement agencies statewide, including this office.