SACRAMENTO, CA - A registered sex offender has been living very close to an elementary school in Natomas, and despite a Jessica's Law stipulation put in place to prevent it, he is living there legally.
In 1998, he was convicted of lewd and lascivious acts with a child under the age of 14. Court records show he was charged with five counts of oral copulation.
Fifteen years later, he is living in an apartment with his mother about 350 feet from the Smythe Academy of Arts and Sciences on Northgate Boulevard, which is regularly attended by students the same age as those he was convicted of abusing.
California's version of Jessica's Law, passed by voters in 2006, prohibits sex offenders from living within 2,000 feet of a school or park. However, a Los Angeles Superior Court ruling in November 2010 found that residency restrictions enacted by Jessica's Law were unconstitutional.