Ocean County Press Release
FREEHOLDER VICARI URGES PARENTS TO CHECK MEGAN'S LAW WEBSITE FOR SEX OFFENDER LISTINGS BEFORE THE SUMMER BEGINS
THE END of the school year is a good time to check the state's Megan's Law website for updates on any convicted sex offenders that may be living nearby, Freeholder Director Joseph H. Vicari said.
"Children are home from school and will be spending more time playing outdoors and in their neighborhoods," Vicari said. "The Megan's Law website has up-to-date information on sex offenders living in Ocean County and in the entire state."
Towns, counties, zip codes and even individual streets can be easily reviewed.
More advanced checks allow users to input the names of convicted sex offenders or check only newer records.
"This only takes a few minutes and can make a big difference in keeping a child safe," Vicari said.
While periodically checking the Megan's Law database is a good idea, Vicari said the effort should become an annual start-of-the summer habit.
The database can be accessed through a link on the Ocean County Government Homepage at www.co.ocean.nj.us. The page can also be accessed directly at www.njsp.org/sex-offender-registry.
Vicari also recommends that parents check the website prior to trick-or-treat night at Halloween.
Megan's Law is named after seven-year-old Megan Kanka of Hamilton who was raped and killed by a convicted sex offender living nearby.
New Jersey was the first state to pass the law, which later became a model for federal legislation.