Sex Offender Notification And Registration (SONAR)
One of the safety measures used by the SONAR Unit to protect the public is the Community Notification. Upon learning of a registered sex offender living or working in an area served by the Sheriff, the SONAR Investigators conduct a thorough examination and evaluation of the offender’s criminal history, as well as an in-depth interview of the sex offender. The decision to make a Community Notification is also based on two additional factors: Are there citizens/children in the area who are at risk? Do those citizens/children have the likelihood to encounter the offender?
Of the approximately 3,500 registered sex offenders living in Orange County, approximately 500 live within the jurisdiction of the Sheriff’s Department. The investigators assigned to the SONAR Team are responsible for risk assessment and monitoring of these registered sex offenders living within the community. Prevention is the SONAR Team’s ultimate goal, and they utilize the following methods to supervise registered sex offenders; residence and workplace visits, family and neighborhood interviews, extensive criminal and civil background investigations, strict enforcement of the state’s registration laws, covert surveillance, partnership with supervisory agencies such as probation and parole, preparation and service of search warrants and arrest warrants, maintenance of the “Megan’s Law” data base for public information, and community notifications. In the event of re-offense, these investigators utilize the established methods in place within the Sex Crimes Detail to pursue criminal prosecution and the re-incarceration of the offender.
The California Department of Justice now classifies each convicted sex offender in categories: FULL ADDRESS sex offenders are serious offenders who have multiple convictions for sex offenses and/or violent crimes. These offenders have been identified by the California Department of Justice as having a higher risk of re-offending and they pose the greatest danger to the public. ZIP CODE sex offenders are registrants who have been convicted of a felony sex offense, including misdemeanor child molestation.
NO POST sex offenders have typically been convicted of misdemeanor sex offenses such as Indecent Exposure, Sexual Battery, or Possession of Child Pornography. They are not deemed to pose an immediate threat to the public. Information on sex offenders residing in California may be obtained by viewing the California Department of Justice “Megan’s Law” website at meganslaw.ca.gov.
Note: Those registrants who qualify under the disclosure of Megan's Law are only those classified as Full Address and Zip Code
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There may also be citizens who are aware of convicted sex offenders who may be residing within the community unregistered, or who may be engaging in questionable behaviors involving children. In these instances, we appreciate your help in advising us and in most cases the provider of such information can remain anonymous.