The State of California was the first to make specific registration for convicted sex offenders mandatory in 1947.
They are under a legal obligation to register their identifications, including locations and occupations, to a local law enforcement agency; any change of address, names, jobs, or anything that may affect monitoring activities must be immediately reported. The practice remains in place until today.
The California Sex and Arson Registry (CSAR) is now a statewide repository containing at least 120,000 personal information on individuals known as sex offenders.
All California residents are expected to keep themselves informed because the information is open for public access via the Megan’s Law website.
For law enforcement, updated information makes sure they know the whereabouts of convicted sex offenders at all times.
In the event of repeated offense, the police already have enough information to make a quick arrest, just like in the case of Arturo Alfred Martinez, who was rearrested in 2019 following reports from women claiming he had tricked them into visiting his Hesperia residence.
According to his arrest report, he intended to commit a sexual act.
10 /10 Indecent Exposure Charges
On January 10, 2019, a registered sex offender named Arturo Alfred Martinez (42) was again arrested after the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department received reports from several women, saying that he had deceived them into visiting his address.
One of the reports was filed by a 17-year-old girl on December 11, 2018.
According to prosecutors, Martinez lied to a minor so that she became willing to come to his location where he planned to commit sexual crimes. His criminal record shows he was previously convicted on charges of indecent exposure.
9 /10 Under False Pretenses
All the women tricked into visiting Martinez’s home were under the assumption that they were looking to hire a housemaid or other services such as cleaning, babysitting, real estate, taxi, and so forth.
Martinez posted online ads targeting women from several areas, including Hesperia, Victorville, Phelan, Apple Valley, and Adelanto.
Women who responded to the ads by phone claimed to have heard a female voice on the other end.
According to the district attorney’s office, Martinez deliberately changed his normal voice to make the women think he was also a woman.