BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — An individual is suing the Kern County Sheriff's office for not registering them at their home address, which is within 2,000 feet of a school.
According to the documents, the individual is required to register as a sex offender pursuant to the California Sex Offender Registration Act. However, a Kern County ordinance does not allow registered sex offenders to live within 2,000 feet of a school. According to the documents, KCSO told the plaintiff because of the ordinance, it would be a violation if the county were to register the person at the address in question.
The complaint claims that it's illegal for KCSO to bar them from registering because the policy reads "shall be allowed to register" at their residence address when they provide the required information and material, and "provides no basis upon which the Registering Law Enforcement Agency may refuse to process a registration."
The petitioner is requesting that a judge allow the person to register at the address until a final decision is made in the case.
The petitioner is also requesting that from here on out, "registering law enforcement agencies cannot refuse to process registrations pursuant to the Sex Offender Registration Act."