NJ: Sex offender registry online.
February 22, 2002
TRENTON -- More than seven years after young Megan
Kanka was raped and murdered by a convicted sex
offender living across the street from her Hamilton home, a
state registry of sex offenders went online yesterday with
their photos as well as descriptions of the crimes they
The online registry, a provision of Megan's Law, allows
Web users to search for a possible sex offender by county,
using a name or certain physical characteristics.
Versions of Megan's Law were passed in the state and
across the nation after the 7-year-old's death in July 1994,
but court rulings have delayed the registry and forced the
state to keep details like an offender's address private.
The online registry drew praise from Megan Kanka's
mother, Maureen. "I'm very pleased that the registry is now
on the Internet," said Maureen Kanka, who looked at the
Web site for the first time yesterday.
"It's a big step in the right direction and will be a good tool
for parents to help protect their children."
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