The recent murder of, Michael Dodele, a convicted rapist in Lake County highlights the need for better community notification regarding sex offenders while creating a new challenge for public safety personnel.
Dodele’s neighbor, Ivan Garcia Oliver his accused killer, allegedly identified him as a sex offender after seeing him on the Megan’s Law sex offender web site. The web site described his offenses as “rape by force” and “oral copulation with a person under 14 or by force.”
Richard F. Hinchcliff, chief deputy district attorney for Lake County, said:
“He was convicted of other bad things, but nothing involving a minor. But it would be easy to understand why someone might think so looking at the website.”
Dodele’s crimes involved sexual assaults on adult women, records show.
Suzanne Brown-McBride, chair of the California Sex Offender Management Board said: “the Megan’s Law website is a useful community tool, but it is only one tool. The point is not to create vigilantism.”
Legislators, victim advocates and community members want sex offenders who reenter communities to be successful. Successful integration means no more victims. Real advocates for community safety are working on managing, coordinating and treating sex offenders.