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.

San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department

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.

8 /10 Evidence Found

As a follow-up to the reports, deputies contacted Martinez at his residence on 7667 Corona Avenue, Hesperia – as listed in the sex offender registration.

The deputies served him with both search and arrest warrants. Upon a search in residence, they found evidence linking him to the reported crime. Details of the evidence were not immediately apparent at the time.

Martinez was subsequently arrested on suspicion of making contact with a minor with the intent to commit a sexual act. He was at the High Desert Detention Center not long after the arrest.

San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department

7 /10 Possible Additional Victims

Investigators believed there might be other victims out there. The sheriff’s department urged anyone with information about Martinez’s misconduct of any sort to come forward and file an official report to the office.

He was eventually convicted of the crime, which by California Penal Code, falls under the misdemeanor category.

Although it carries a prison sentence of up to 4 years in jail, Martinez was released in the same year of his arrest, as shown in his sex offender registration. His last known address remains the same.

6 /10 The STATIC-99

Law enforcement agencies throughout the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, and European countries use a risk prediction instrument called the “STATIC-99” to determine the probability of sexual offenders – who have been convicted of at least one sexual offense against a child or non-consenting adult – committing similar crimes.

The instrument predicts whether any first-time sexual offenders will make another or more attempts to violate the law in more or less the same fashion as before.

California Megan’s Law website says the risk assessment is not unlike the method used to determine rates for life insurance.

5 /10 Risk Assessment, Score: 6

In the STATIC-99 risk assessment score, any number smaller than zero is considered a below-average risk. The most miniature possible score is -3, indicating a shallow risk of reconviction.

An offender with a score of 4 or 5 is listed under the “above average risk” category, meaning there is a rather alarming likelihood that the individual will commit a new sexual offense.

Martinez receives a score of 6 in the STATIC-99 risk assessment form; a numerical score of 6 – 12 is for any convicted sex offender with a “well above average risk” of repeated offense. Risk assessment did not begin until 2006.

4 /10 California Penal Code

There are two offenses listed in Martinez’s registration on Megan’s Law. He was first convicted on the charges of Indecent Exposure (California Penal Code 314.1).

In California, a crime of indecent exposure happens when someone exposes their genitals or naked body in front of anyone who finds the gesture offensive or annoying.

Any willful and lewd exposure of sexual nature, regardless of location (public and private), falls under the penal code. His 2019 arrest resulted in a second conviction for California Penal Code 288.4 (a) (2).

3 /10 Identification

One mugshot of Martinez shows him with plenty of studs in piercings on his nose, ears, and lips. Many of the piercings are empty in the most recent booking photo, but he has two noticeable “horn” implants under the forehead skin.

The sex offender is a bald brown eye Hispanic in his 40s. He also has scars, marks, or tattoos in various noticeable parts, including the left forearm, right wrist, left wrist, right hand, and back.

Known aliases include Alfredo Martinez and Enrique Escobar.

2 /10 Three Tiers Sex Offender Registry

California’s sex registration system uses three tiers of categorization. The lowest level sex offenders are assigned to Tier One; they are required by law to put their information and keep it updated on the registry for a minimum of 10 years.

Tier Two carries mandatory registration for a minimum of 20 years, while Tier Three means lifetime registration.

Martinez’s first and second convictions are both in the Tier One category. They are not severe crimes where victims are abused or assaulted in the most obvious way.

1 /10 Megan's Law

California Department of Justice’s Sex Offender Tracking Program keeps a list of registered sex offenders for public safety purposes.

While the list is generally accessible by the public, the data is far from complete. Some offenders are not on the list at all, depending on the specifics of the case.

Personal information in the list includes name, photo, the offense, and identifying attributes such as weight, height, known aliases, tattoos, and so on.

Thanks to the repository, it gets easier for anyone to report or practice extra safety measures when any known registrant is present. 

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