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Letter: Sex registration requirement
July 25, 2013, 05:00 AM Letter


There seems to be a clear pattern of behavior between our San Mateo County District Attorney’s Office and defendants to avoid or waive the sex registration requirements once a plea of no contest or guilt has been established. The San Mateo County Superior Court should not waive the sex registration requirement. “A former custodian and coach at a Belmont middle school accused of groping two female students on campus was sentenced nine months in jail.” The defendant “must attend sex offender treatment but is not required to register” despite placing his hands down the pants of a 13-year-old and fondling another student, as reported in “Former Belmont middle school coach sentenced for annoying children,” in the July 13 edition of the Daily Journal.

Other examples of waived sexual registration requirements: A sex offender arrested in Menlo Park “pleaded no contest to charges he committed lewd and lascivious acts with a child under the age of 14”; a Burlingame man who had consensual sex multiple times with a 12-year-old girl he met at a bus stop was sentenced to six months in jail [and] does not have to register as a sex offender; a 20-year-old taekwondo instructor who performed a sex act with a 13-year-old girl he considered his girlfriend told police “he had performed a sex act with the girl to celebrate their four-month anniversary; a Foster City masseur is not required to register as a sex offender ... [he] inappropriately touched and orally copulated a female client.”

The sex registration requirement should not be negotiated out of a sentence.

Jack Kirkpatrick

Redwood City



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