According to a report by Fox40, two convicted sex offenders and the non-profit organization California Reform Sex Offender Laws have filed a lawsuit against the California Department of Justice alleging the department has failed to correct information on the state’s Megan’s Law website. The lawsuit alleges that the state has failed to correct information on the website or include complete information regarding the conviction date for the sexual offense and/or the release date. In some cases, incorrect information may be shown regarding the charges against the sexual offender. According to the plaintiffs, up to 92% of the sexual offender profiles contain inaccurate or incomplete information.
The state maintains the register under Megan’s Law to provide information on individuals convicted of sexual offenses in California. The lawsuit alleges that missing or inaccurate information results in vigilante attacks against individuals on the list. Both men allege they have been attacked because of the information on the Megan’s Law website. Matagora, one of the plaintiffs, was shot twice by a man who viewed his profile when Matagora opened his front door. Even though Matagora was convicted of sexual offenses over 15 years ago, the website did not include the date of his conviction or his release date.
The attorney for the plaintiffs claims that the California Department of Justice was ordered to update the Megan’s Law website by 2010, but it has not taken steps to update the website. The plaintiffs allege the state’s failure to correct the matter has led to damages such as physical assault. They allege that the only way to force the state to take action to correct information and include complete information on the sex offenders register is to file a lawsuit. According to the attorney, the updates will cost millions of dollars and require years of work. The California website for sexual offenders is MegansLaw.ca.gov.