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Santa Monica Tops List of Westside Cities with Most Registered Sex Offenders
 

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October 4, 2019 -- There are 55 registered sex offenders currently living Santa Monica, twice as many as in any other community on the Westside, according to an analysis by the Lookout.

The felony offenders appear on a public list compiled under the State's 1996 Megan's law that is meant to protect parents and their children.

Culver City was second with 27 registered sex offenders, followed by Venice with 20 and West Hollywood with 13.

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Marina del Rey had 10, Beverly Hills had 6, Malibu had 4, Playa del Rey and Westchester had 3 each, and Playa Vista and Pacific Palisades had 1 registered offender each.

Culver City, with an estimated population of 40,000, and Marina del Rey with about 10,000, had higher per capita ratios of sex offenders than Santa Monica, which has about 94,000 residents.

Of the 55 offenders who were registered in Santa Monica, 31 were listed for molesting or attempting to molest a minor, while five were registered for child pornography.

Another 12 were registered for rape or attempted sexual assault and 8 were required to register for sexual offenses committed out of state.

Fifteen of the registered sex offenders in Santa Monica were in violation of their probation, according to the list.

The numbers used in the Lookout analysis were posted on Friday, October 4, and can change. For the latest list -- which includes photos, addresses and descriptions of the offenses -- visit www.meganslaw.ca.gov

The list does not include Guido Germano, a former medical director at Cedars Sinai, who pleaded no contest to a charge of felony possession of child pornography.

Germano, 59, was ordered by the court to register as a sex offender with law enforcement and serve five years probation ("Former Santa Monica Medical Director Sentenced for Possession of Child Porn," September 23, 2019).

He also was ordered to forfeit devices that contained any child pornography images or videos and attend at least one year of sex offender counseling.

Germano was the second sex offender arrested in Santa Monica for felony possession of child pornography whose name does not appear on the list ("Santa Monica Big Blue Bus Superintendent Arrested for Possessing Child Pornography," December 5, 2018).

Larry Jamieson, the former transit operations superintendent for the Big Blue Bus, had his felony charge reduced to a misdemeanor after pleading no contest on April 11, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office.

Jamieson was ordered to register as a sex offender for life and serve three years probation, said Paul Eakins, a spokesman for the DA's office.

He also was ordered to attend at least one year of sex offender counseling and was made subject to a search and seizure condition, Eakins said.

The condition allows police or other authorities to search a person's property -- including their residence or electronic storage devices or media -- without a warrant and confiscate any relevant evidence found in connection to a crime.

Like Germano, Jamieson's name does not appear on Megan's list. The DA did not have a City of residence listed for the sex offender.

Jamieson's arrest came less than two months after Eric Uller -- a systems analyst for the Information Services Department -- was arrested for lewd and lascivious acts with a minor 14 or 15 years old.

Uller's arrest stemmed from incidents that allegedly took place when he was a volunteer with the local Police Activities League (PAL) ("Santa Monica City Employee Charged with Five Counts of Sexual Crimes," October 23, 2018).

Uller committed suicide in his Marina del Rey apartment November 15 ("Uller Found Dead in Apparent Suicide," November 15, 2018).

Megan's law mandates the California Department of Justice (CA DOJ) to notify the public about specified registered sex offenders so that members of local communities can protect themselves and their children, according to the Attorney General's website.


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