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October 31st, 2009
05:37 AM ET

Sex Offender Web Sites

Parents across the country are keeping a close eye on the neighborhoods where their children will go trick-or-treating tonight. One concern: avoiding homes of sex offenders. Here are some Web sites we're showing you in the Newsroom that let you search any area.
Have these worked for you? Are there other sites that worked better for you?

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  1. Concerned Citizen

    the result of the family watch dog is completely different from:

    a free offender locator website. this makes me feel skeptical the accuracy of these services

    October 31, 2009 at 6:31 am |
  2. Dorothy Carney


    I found none of the websites you list for sex offenders helpful.

    Here is a website that is easy to use and, with minimum information input, you can access names and addresses of offenders on any street in New Jersey.

    I know that Florida has a similar site. If one types, "sex offender New Jersey" (or other state), a state run site will come up that will have a search engine by zipcode and/or street address. I believe all states have this service.


    October 31, 2009 at 6:48 am |
  3. Candace L Seaman

    In case the first one didn't go thru. Why can't we have the same health coverage as the gov't officals, such as Congress and the Senate have????? It's suppose to be the best.

    October 31, 2009 at 7:20 am |
  4. Tim

    Hi T.J. and Betty
    I would just like to say a few words that I don't here very much any more. I would like to thank you and Betty for doing a great job.If we had more people like you and Betty in this world it would be a better place. Again Thank you very much for the great job you do.

    October 31, 2009 at 7:33 am |
  5. dennis linville

    I use mainly watchdog but i do agree different ones vary and when it comes to our children , i think they should be far more consistant. It is not enough to just look them up on the computer though. Here are a few tips ,I hope it helps some.
    Even though the laws are so that sexual preditors are supposed to be no where around where children are present,most are located within walking distance of schools. There are 8 known preditors in my small town and 6 live withing 2 miles of the elementry school. Law enforcment doesnt care and neither does your congressman so you need to know these places,If they still live there and what they were convicted of.
    Make sure you go with your small children even if its a neighborhood you dont find an obvious threat.
    The older children, make sure they understand to stay in groups and under no circumstances go off with anyone no matter what bs story they are told.
    I dont like to scare anymore than necessary but a little fear is much better than dead.It is a sick world out there and our government officials are very little help if any so you have to protect your children yourself. For any that question this ,Who do you think put the preditors back on the streets ?

    October 31, 2009 at 8:00 am |
  6. Louis S

    It seems that this is the beginning of the collapse for the US when you need to publish the list of sex offenders when the kids go out asking for candy

    October 31, 2009 at 10:19 am |
  7. John Roberts

    I think someone in Congress should legislate a law that all sex offenders must have a sign outside their property.

    October 31, 2009 at 10:34 am |
  8. Dale

    Do we have any evidence that there's a substantial problem with children being assaulted by pedophiles on Halloween, sufficient to warrant this kind of attention? Of the, what?, millions of kids that went trick-or-treating last year, how many cases do we know of children being molested by people answering their doors? We've been x-raying Halloween candy for decades with absolutely NO evidence that there's anything to these legends of people putting razor blades in candy. Can we avoid this kind of hysteria?

    October 31, 2009 at 10:37 am |
  9. Carole W. Palm Beah

    Our local CBS News affiliate provided a link to locate registered sex offenders in this area. How surprised was I to learn there was one 4 tenths of a mile from my home in my gate-guarded community.

    October 31, 2009 at 11:08 am |
  10. Sean Clifford

    Josh, does charge a 10.00, one time fee. What a sin.

    October 31, 2009 at 11:24 am |
  11. Sean Clifford

    Josh, states that I have four offenders in my area and the govt. site tells me I have zero. Scam??

    October 31, 2009 at 11:36 am |
  12. Frank Bates

    Regretfully, when incidents like this happen they are talked about for about 1 week and then frogotten. Just like the recent incident that happended in Chicago where a young man lost his lifer while others watched it will be discussed and ultimately nothing will happen or change.

    I can think on many reasons why acts like this happen and will continue to happen. The first one being the same people that commit and watch these acts are the future parents of kids who will repeat the cycle and perform/watch the same acts. Its gruesome to think, but just as we rely on our parents to instill in us all the "good" virtues and values needed to be a productive and decent member of society so can those same parents instill in their kids all the "bad" and negative qualities most of us abhor and detest.

    Until we reach a point where government can take a more active role in "shaping" the minds and morals of our children nothing will change.

    Those parents who argued so vehemently about no prayer in school should be happy that they also did away with the teaching of morality, apathy, sensitivity and compassion.....especially when you consider that kids aren't getting those lessons taught in the home which ultimately leaves them lost and soul-less.

    October 31, 2009 at 12:49 pm |
  13. patricia a lewis

    Just a few questions, Is it true that she was just waiting for her Dad to pick her up? Its so sad that she trusted that young man enough to walk away with him. What is happening to our children, why are they coming up so full of hate, rage and inhumane behavior? Why are we having children if we don't have time to raise them properly?

    October 31, 2009 at 12:54 pm |
  14. Terri

    If the girl left to meet her father, did he not look for her or report her
    missing the pickup point?

    October 31, 2009 at 1:04 pm |
  15. Chris (WI)

    Sex offenders.. Define Sex offenders. now a days a sex offender is someone who consentually acts with another being..
    rapers child molesters etc need to be acted upon. not allegations

    October 31, 2009 at 1:11 pm |
  16. C D E Blake

    What a sad commentary on the human condition that we would even consider having punishment for those who don't report witnessing crimes to our fellows?!!!

    To WATCH someone being raped is reprehensible - WHAT IF THE YOUNG PERSON HAD DIED??? Would that have been the cool conversation the next day at school? "I WAS T H E R E ! I SAW IT!"

    Such less than human creatures, when found, should be tried, and if found guilty, should at the very least carry a tag, like sex offenders, for the rest of their lives.

    I was born in California, living most of my life in Detroit. By comparison, Detroit's a Paradise!

    California's economy is in the toilet with no remedy in sight, gangs terrorize and intimidate neighborhoods, and a group of young people amuse themselves watching, enjoying and participating in a monstrous, savage rape! Why weren't they horrified? Where were the parents, the police, the school officials? Who will answer to the victim? What kind of place has California become?

    October 31, 2009 at 1:12 pm |
  17. Jackie

    And what about the sex offenders NOT on the list, that were convicted before being required to register.

    October 31, 2009 at 2:32 pm |
  18. Jackie

    OH, and how about sex offenders being required to put out a huge yard sign...convicted sex offender lives here....that would be a big help along with knowing the address.

    October 31, 2009 at 2:33 pm |
  19. stumper

    Why did this rape happen? Because the young people today have become desensitized to other people's pain and what is right and wrong. Many hours of violent video games and tv shows are now reaping insensitive animals instead of productive young people with bright futures.

    October 31, 2009 at 2:49 pm |
  20. tony dwyer

    My neighbor who is 6 feet 7 inches 325 pounds says please put all the males who watched the young girl being raped but did nothing to help or even call the police in a locked room with him for 20 minutes

    October 31, 2009 at 2:52 pm |
  21. Lisa

    I think its disgusting how people can just watch a person be tortured! My biggest question is if that girl's father was supposed to pick her up at 9pm at the school, why didnt he ask school personnel to look for her immediately?

    October 31, 2009 at 3:10 pm |
  22. Lisa

    I don't know if you know what Richmond is like, but I've lived in the bay area most of my life and people get scared to intervene. I am not that old, but really, the younger people especially in some areas are intimidating and even I feel threatened. I recently was on BART when some young kids came on blasting their radios. People were obviously not happy but no one stepped up to say they were being rude. You feel afraid of what could happen.

    October 31, 2009 at 4:07 pm |
  23. G. Harris

    The case in Richmond, CA, reminds me of an incident that I heard about when I was at University in Liverpool back in the 1990's. What happened was a woman was sexually assaulted in a commuter train carriage which was full. NO ONE called the police because everyone thought that someone else would call the police .

    October 31, 2009 at 4:12 pm |
  24. john addess

    The blame for this incident starts with the adults in the community. The kids did not get this apothetic without their parents first setting the example. Parents need to wake up. They are teaching their kids to be cowards.

    October 31, 2009 at 4:12 pm |
  25. wanda


    October 31, 2009 at 4:23 pm |
  26. Jackie (Babaout_1)

    There are many facets to this incident: envirnment within the school, environment immediatly surrounding outside the school, environment distance from the school, environment in the homes, & the environment in the community. All these need to be addressed separately & together. Another issue here & I beleive is a problem at home, work, community, & school...., language! The use of profanity. Profanity highten any situation. The mouth is allow to overload a situation. I recall when signs were posted in public places & now its exceptable. It's deeper then my superficial statement here. Thanks! -j

    October 31, 2009 at 4:31 pm |
  27. Roger

    Have anybody thought that the raped girl wanted to have sex with many men?
    Why don't we legalize the existence of prostitution houses?

    October 31, 2009 at 4:34 pm |
  28. Amanda Parker

    ONE person could have called the police!! Here's a class for kids - challenge them not to be so afraid - challenge them to be strong – make it clear that it's pure weakness to NOT help someone being brutalized or bullied! Also I recently was ina gas station when a highly agitated man came in - I was the only one to pick up my phone and call 911 - that's adults!

    October 31, 2009 at 4:34 pm |
  29. Hazel Erickson

    Being a person with HIV. I'm wondering about the chances of this young lady getting infected with the disease. It makes me sick to think about it. God Bless her and her family.

    October 31, 2009 at 4:35 pm |
  30. Peter Wassill

    We have stripped our youth of all morals and replaced them with an ammoral attitude, that of the lack of decision to know right from wrong.
    Our worldview that there is only personal choice as a decision has created young monsters, gangs as well as individuals who prey on weaker people just for self gratification.
    Carberry is the only one who got it right here .We have uncovered the evil that is within us and now we cannot control it.We must return to Godly living and Godly principles.

    October 31, 2009 at 4:36 pm |
  31. Maurice Liebman

    Why is everyone so surprised at the bystander reaction of the rape incident in northern CA? It has occured that way since the beginning of time for homo sapiens. Most recently in spades. We call that event the Holocaust, Billions said nothing many still deny it.

    October 31, 2009 at 4:38 pm |
  32. Roanna Raphael

    In the report on the Richmond gang rape, you keep saying no one reported it, no one did anything. I live across the bay from Richmond so perhaps have more information.

    There finally was one male student who saw something going on, went to see and inquire, when he saw what was happening he went to his girlfriend's house nearby and called the police. That is how the atrocity was stopped and arrests were made – because one student stood up and was counted.

    I hope you will mention that. Thank you.

    October 31, 2009 at 4:44 pm |
  33. Scott

    I have heard a lot about this, but one version I have not heard is the possibility of this being a Gang Initiation... After 2 1/2 hours there is no life threatening injuries????

    Does not mean I agree with people seeing this and not reporting it.

    October 31, 2009 at 4:50 pm |
  34. Peter Dole

    What does this panel expect the witnesses to do?

    Remember the story of the boy who got burned bec he snitched?
    Law enforcement has been telling the public not to be vigilantes.
    Report the incident and leave it to the police.

    Or are you expecting the witnesses to intervene with these gang members?


    October 31, 2009 at 4:51 pm |
  35. Sandy

    Yesterday, Coach Carter said he would return to the school to try to get something started to help out the situation. He also stated that when parents participate in school activities this behavior is not present. I feel that parents of juveniles involved should face charges. If you can't raise your child with some descent morals, then you should suffer the consequences.

    October 31, 2009 at 4:51 pm |
  36. Larry Bennett

    Give me a break. Most of these sex-type crimes happen in the urban cities and towns, and unless we pass stricter juvenile laws, it will continue. This thinking that video games and CGI is instilling in the minds of youth to commit these crimes is nonsense. Forty years ago, two black youths were fighting while the crowd of kids were cheering them on. Nothing has changed.

    October 31, 2009 at 4:52 pm |
  37. Frayda Zeltsar

    I have felt for a long time the school systems should have a class called "LIFE" starting 1st grade. To many kids are not being raised properly by their parents. To many families are dysfunctional do to drugs, alcohol and physical and mental abuse. Kids need a place to learn what LIFE should be like. How to handle peer pressure, how to get along with siblings, how to have respect for other people. This unfortunate rape incident is bringing it all out and also the murder of the boy in Chicago.

    I also feel families that are on welfare should be forced to going to parenting classes or lose their welfare checks. I am tired of giving people money to sit home, doing nothing usefull for themselves or their communities. Our younger society needs to have parents that know how to parent properly.

    October 31, 2009 at 4:55 pm |
  38. Bette Foster

    I blame parents for lowering their morals and not monitoring the videos and dvds they purchase for their children. I'd love to know the honest reaction to some of the parents of the 'watchers.' Also, parents do not hold their children responsible for their actions. I'd love to have the 'watchers' exposed, but understand the danger involved. Another thing, they said she was waiting outside for a pick up from her father–where was he? Did he contact the authorities looking for her? If not, why not. And if he did, how extensive did they search for her. Shame on the law enforcement staff, the vice principal, the school board, etc. Lots of blame to pass around.

    October 31, 2009 at 4:55 pm |
  39. P Ricchio

    We can analyze forever the bystander / mob mentality, but I hope each and every paid person who was hired that evening to supervize this function will be held accountable. We can point out the lack of extra lighting or security cameras, but if the paid staff on duty for that evening (assistant principal, teachers, security personnel, police) had been doing their jobs, this incident could have been prevented.

    October 31, 2009 at 4:56 pm |
  40. faye h k

    i feel that the people watching should be charged with a crime because they are really instergating it by standing there. if you were with someone that committed a murder you would and you did not go to the police you can be charged with hindering an investigation or as someone who particapted in the crime by not doing any thing to stop it or by not going to the police. these kids became aprt of it by watching it. if the had left the scene the proably would have stopped because they were not sure if someone might call the police. they should get at least 30 to 90 days jail time and a 1 year probation and community service working with a rape crisis center.

    October 31, 2009 at 4:57 pm |
  41. mmartin

    I live not far from the Richmond High area for the last 25 years. That area is known for gangs and proverty. You have two cultures in that area. Old Latino culture and Western young latins who fight for an education and improvement. The old guard refuses to be a part of the major part of the community. They refuse to learn English, They only speak to their children in Spanish. They do not discipline their children very well. I see how these kids act in stores and the mall.
    You have three Richkmond Latin City Council members who fight for this community. I think a large part of the issue is lack of control of the young people at home.

    October 31, 2009 at 4:57 pm |
  42. Pat

    I think the people who stood by and watched a 15 year old be raped were afraid and lacking character. You can be afraid and still do the right thing. I feel there is a trend increasing the disdain of women from all the news stories on how women are treated in the middle east. I also feel that men do not receive an adequate punishment for rape and this has been going on since the beginning of time. All the central park rapist were out in less than 5 years and that happened how long ago? These men have ruined a young girls life but they will be out in less than five years. Women should stand up for themselves and walk away from relationships where they are degraded. I do not believe the people who stood by should be arrested or held accountable but shame on them all.

    October 31, 2009 at 5:00 pm |
  43. A. Smith

    What is the overwhelming and compelling reason for any of the teenagers that happened upon that rape scene to confront some 50 people that likely would turn on them?

    What is the justification for heaping shame upon someone for not calling 911 when you know full well the police would badger, threaten and mentally abuse you during the routine investigation.

    What is the standard for coming forward to be a witness against a half dozen violent gang members?

    A Death Wish?

    A Employer that you Want to Fire You for taking days off work to take the witness stand in their trial?

    A Desire to receive death threats on their phones and in the mail?

    A Desire to meet those thugs after they get out of prison and come back to your town looking for you?

    Teenagers see law enforcement as one of the biggest threats to their freedom as any other gang, drug dealers, and vandals. Daily and at least Weekly, teens hear of fresh cases of police corruption and see police abuse upon law abiding citizens. Should people throw shame on those teenagers for not wanting anything to do with the police?

    A. Smith

    October 31, 2009 at 5:00 pm |
  44. Cheyenne Van

    I think that the parent/parents should be held responsible I think prison time, community service, etc. What about the people who provided the alcohol to under age people. The whole scene is an outrage.

    October 31, 2009 at 5:02 pm |
  45. Randy

    What happen to the law system? Maybe it is time for the justice system to hold up to there responsability. Guily by association, is what you teach to your kids to help direct them from criminal activities maybe it is time to inforce this. They were there, had the ability to help her and they choose not to and watch instead, this majkes them unable to know right from wrong. They are just as guilty as the ones that did this to her. What is sad, is if she had died the law would pay more attention and be demanding and so would the school system. You call that justice!!!!!

    October 31, 2009 at 5:07 pm |
  46. peter bailey

    What continues to disturb me immensely about this terrible crime is what raises a most fundamental question for me as to what makes us human. How can any human with a conscience observe another human being being so violated and not do anything. I believe my instincts would compel me to intervene, even with great risk to my own life, on behalf of this girl. I don't believe this is just a matter of upbringing, although it plays a role. I do believe that certain humans are depraved. That is, they lack any ability to empathize with others; they have no conscience. What we do with such individuals is another matter. History lessons (NYC, WWII) have taught us enough about this already. Not speaking out or intervening against evil is in some ways worse. How can this girl have her faith in her fellow man restored?

    October 31, 2009 at 5:41 pm |
  47. Steve M.

    I'm union have been since 1976 in southern calif. Saw your unemployment figures per state . Was wondering how many people like me you have come across. I am unemployed 4 years now , most at my local are and those that have wives working that is how they are getting by (like me). My unemployment benefits ran out long ago .How many unions can hang in there or are they going under also. We have seen NOT A THING from the party that our unions want us to support . Also have learned that most of the guys I keep in touch with won't vote democrap any more .

    November 1, 2009 at 8:48 am |
  48. Dick Martin

    On mass shootings: Why isn't CNN reporting that many mass shootings have occurred in "gun-free safety zones" (I call them disarmed victim zones) where law abiding citizens are prohibited from carrying firearms for our own self-defense? Columbine, Trolley Square in Utah, Virginia Tech, Fort Hood, and all U. S. postal facilities are disarmed-victim zones where the mass shooter can be assured his victims can not shoot back.

    November 7, 2009 at 8:33 am |
  49. Nelson

    I just joined my local YMCA. It is a family place. One day recently I saw a man there who I know is a sex offender. Don;t they check the sex offender lists?

    November 7, 2009 at 9:30 am |
  50. simonetta

    the fbi site doesn't work.
    The familywatchdog does and it's fast.

    Thank you, Josh.

    November 7, 2009 at 5:22 pm |
  51. Letsgetreal50

    It's a fact that never has there been any child ever molested by a registered sex offender in the entire United States. The public registry is a total waste of money and resources in that the tiers are upside down and as a new suudy points out, "NEW STUDY: AWA (SORNA) Tier II & Tier III are less dangerous than Tier I" Google it.

    Have you watch the Ohio Supreme Court on the Adam Walsh Amendment this past week. Excellent viewing and the Justices asked very important questions.

    "OH- Lawyers fight law on sex offenders before Ohio Supreme Court"

    Google it.

    November 8, 2009 at 9:54 am |