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.