By Noah Slattery, The California Aggie March 14, 2001
(DAVIS, Calif.) -- Sex offenders who wish to enroll or work at the University of California-Davis would be required, under a new law, to register with the UCD Police Department. The proposed law, Assembly Bill 4, is the California version of a national law passed in October. The state law was introduced by Assemblywoman Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) on March 2.
"A person with any number of heinous sexual convictions can be enrolled in child development classes and (be) gaining unsupervised access to hundreds of infants and toddlers, all without campus police having the faintest clue," Bates said.
Currently sex offenders are required to register with their local police agency, but not with campus police.
"For example, someone could live in Sacramento and be registered with police there and go to (UCD) and no one on campus would know," said Lynne Carey, one of Bates' staff members.
The term "sex offender" applies to those convicted of rape, sexual assault or child molestation.
Carey said the national law was proposed after a Santa Rosa, Calif., incident.
"There was a Santa Rosa community college that provided a list of tutors to the community, and a student with a prior sex conviction was on the list," Carey said. "A mother hired him to tutor her elementary school-age daughter, and he abused the child."
Twalla McCarty, records supervisor for the UCD Police Department, said she was aware of the new law and was not yet sure how it would be implemented. Currently, she said, sex offenders are required by their parole officer to inform campus police departments when they register for college classes or get a job at a college. If they are no longer on parole, they do not have to inform the campus police.
McCarty said she was not permitted to say how many registered sex offenders are currently enrolled at or employed by UCD.
Information about sex offenders countywide is available at the County Sheriff's Office in Woodland. The information is available to the general public on a walk-in basis and is provided in the form of a computer database. The database includes a photograph of each registered sex offender, as well as their name and home address.