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Sex Offender Registry Is Tool for Easton Parents

EASTON, Conn. – Only one registered sex offender lives in Easton, but that shouldn’t stop residents from keeping tabs on their neighborhood, advises Easton Police Chief James Candee.

“We do only have one, and he’s in compliance. But you should be aware of your surroundings, even if it’s just going to the grocery store," Candee said. "You should know who is around."

Under the national Megan's Law , a sex offender is required to register locally as an offender. Megan’s Law was created in response to the 1994 rape and murder of 7-year-old Megan Kanka in California. A neighbor who had a history of sexually assaulting young girls killed her. Under Connecticut law, an offender has five business days from the date of arrival to register in person as a sex offender with the Connecticut Sex Offender Registry Unit. A list of all registered sex offenders across Connecticut can be found here .

“My suggestion is to check that site often,” Candee said. He also recommends that all Eastonites sign up for an email alert that notifies users when an offender moves into their area. “This is important, especially if you have kids,” Candee said.

Even though not every sex offender is a danger to society, according to the state registry , 50 percent do reoffend. The site also states that 45 percent of sexual assault victims are under the age of 12, a total of 75 percent of the victims know their attackers and “more than half of the rape/sexual assault incidents happen within a mile from the house.”

“Your biggest defense is just to know that there is a potential for a problem. That is why you should check this site on a regular basis. It’s nice to know where the bad guys are,” Candee said.

Although the location and offenses of sexual offenders is available publicly, Candee cautions residents that it should not be used under malicious intent. “It is unlawful to harass these people. The intention of the site is to just make people aware of what is around them,” he said.

To date, Candee said, the Easton Police Department has not experienced any problems or incidents with the current registrant or any others who have come and gone in town over the years. “When these guys first move in there is a tremendous concern [from neighbors], but to my knowledge there has never been a problem in town,” Candee said, who has worked in the department for more than 30 years.

Candee also said residents shouldn’t focus on just Easton. Since many of the residents go out of town for activities with their children, parents should check the registry for surrounding towns as well.

“As a parent, I would want to know. My children are grown now and I still check the it."

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