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Sexual Assault Detail
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1 Sergeant
7 Detectives
1 Police Service Representative
1 Victim Advocate (CSP)

 

The Sexual Assault Detail is located at the Anaheim Family Justice Center.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:  150 W. Vermont Ave., Anaheim, CA  92805
Phone: (714) 765-1645
FAX:  (714) 765-1626
Detail Sergeant Phone:  (714) 765-1958

The Sexual Assault Detail has the responsibility of investigating offenses related to:

  • All Sexual Assaults (Child and Adult)
  • Indecent Exposure
  • Sex Registrants

 

The investigation of sexually motivated crimes is the mission of the Sexual Assault Detail.  Detectives assigned to the Sexual Assault Detail investigate all sex crimes including those involving both adult and child victims.

In an attempt to be more responsive to the needs of the victims’ of sexual assaults, detectives and advocate personnel work out of the Anaheim Family Justice Center.

The investigation of sexual assault cases is highly specialized. Detectives assigned to this detail are selected and trained in the interviewing of child and adult sexual assault victims.  They also receive training in the interviewing of juvenile and adult suspects.  Detectives participate in the multi-disciplinary Child Abuse Services Team (C.A.S.T.), located Orange County.  Sexual Assault Detail personnel conduct in-service training to patrol personnel to enable officers to better carry out their responsibility as first responders in cases of suspected sexual assault. Detectives also provide training to mandated reporters of sexual abuse, as well as community groups desirous of information.

The Sexual Assault Detail is also responsible for the mandatory registration of sex offenders and investigation of persons in violation of their registration requirements.

History of Megan's Law

For more than 50 years, California has required sex offenders to register with their local law enforcement agencies. However, information on the whereabouts of these sex offenders was not available to the public until the implementation of the California Sex Offender Information Line in July 1995.  The available information was expanded by California's Megan's Law in 1996. (Chapter 908, Stats. of 1996).

Megan's Law is named after 7-year-old Megan Kanka, a New Jersey girl who was raped and killed by a known child molester who moved across the street from the family without their knowledge.  In the wake of the tragedy, the Kankas sought to have local communities warned about sex offenders in the area.  Since this incident, states across the nation have enacted different versions of Megan’s Law.  California passed its first version in 1996. 

On December 15, 2004, the DOJ implemented the Megan’s Law Internet Web Site, located at www.meganslaw.ca.gov. The Web Site provides the public with information on more than 63,000 registered sex offenders, including the full addresses of more than 33,500 offenders. The address information, which was not previously available to the public, is graphically displayed on maps in relation to the user’s neighborhood, other addresses, parks, and schools.

On the Web Site, offenders are statutorily divided into two display classifications. In accordance with Section 290.46 PC, these display classifications are:

Full Address - A sex offender in this classification will have his or her full residence address displayed. Generally, Full Address disclosure will occur if the offender has been convicted of any of the following:

• Lewd conduct with a child under the age of 14;

• A sex offense involving force or fear;

• A designated sex crime with a prior or subsequent conviction for a sex crime that required registration; and/or

• An offense resulting in commitment as a SVP as defined in Section 6600 WIC.

ZIP Code Only - A sex offender in this classification will only be displayed by ZIP Code or area (city, county). As mandated by law, the specific residential addresses will not be displayed on any of the maps. These offenders are required to register and were convicted of an offense(s) subject to public disclosure. However, they do not meet the “Full Address” display classification.

Sex offenders who do not fall into either the “Full Address” or “ZIP Code Only” display classification are, by statute, not disclosed or displayed on the Web Site. In addition, the statute allows certain offenders to apply for and be granted an exclusion from disclosure to the public.

Public Notifications by Law Enforcement Agencies:

Section 290.45 PC was amended to allow LEAs to proactively notify members of the public about any sex offender when it is necessary to ensure public safety, based on the agency’s assessment of the offender’s risk to the community. This includes any offender who is now categorized as “No Post” or “Excluded,” provided that the LEA believes the offender will pose a risk to the community.

The law is not intended to punish the offender and specifically prohibits using the information to harass or commit any crime against the offender.  It recognizes public safety is best served when registered sex offenders are not concealing their location to avoid harassment.

 

Child Abuse Services Team (C.A.S.T.)

Child Abuse Services Team (CAST) is a partner agency that provides a multi-disciplinary team program for conducting child abuse investigations at a single site.  CAST's coordinated-on-site services have enabled social services, law enforcement, deputy district attorneys, medical providers, and therapists to collaborate on investigations.  Thus, investigations are completed in a more timely, thorough and consistent manner.  This benefits both the child and their family during the investigation of child abuse.  The child-focused and friendly environment at CAST serves to further reduce the trauma for these children. CAST is a place where they can play comfortably and non-offending parents receive immediate support from experienced staff and volunteers.  Children can be brought to CAST only after a report of suspected maltreatment has been made to a child protective agency.  In Orange County, both the Department of Children and Family Services within the Orange County Social Services Agency and law enforcement agencies and police departments are considered child protective agencies.  For more information, visit the website at http://www.oc.ca.gov/cast.

 

 

 

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Resources:

Child Abuse:

Orange County Child Abuse Registry (714) 940-1000 (24 hrs)

You may use the Child Abuse Registry to report any case of suspected child abuse anonymously 24 hrs a day.

  

A Parents Guide for Preventing Child Abduction: Pub-abdu.pdf

Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Tips to Parents: Childabu.pdf

Sexual Assault:
 

Surviving Sexual Assault Facts Prevention Services: Sexualas.pdf

 

Sexual Assault Prevention Brochure: Pub-sxas.pdf

 

Teen dating and Violence Brochure: Teen Date.pdf

Counseling/Support Groups

Marriage and Family Counseling-O.C. Mental Health (714) 834-4722
(Crisis intervention, individual & group therapy, alcohol and drug programs)

Alcoholics Anonymous Hotline (714) 556-4555

Al-Anon/Alateen (714) 748-1113
Narcotics Anonymous (714) 776-8581
Crisis Intervention Services (24 hours) (800) 999-9999
Suicide Prevention Hotline (800) 255-6111

  Web Resources

 

Anaheim Family Justice Center
www.anaheimfamilyjusticecenter.org

C.A.S.T.
http://egov.ocgov.com/ocgov/Child%20Abuse%20Services%20Team%20(CAST)

Community Service Program, Inc. (C.S.P.)
www.cspinc.org/Sexual%20Assault

Info Link Orange County
www.infolinkoc.org

National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
www.mssingkids.com

 Orange County District Attorney's Office
www.orangecountyda.com

California Attorney General- Office of Victim Services
http://oag.ca.gov/victimservices

California Victim Compensation and Government Claims Board
www.vcgcb.ca.gov/victims/

Office for Victim's of Crime (OCV)
www.ojp.usdoj.gov/ovc

National Center for Victims of Crime
www.ncvc.org 

National Organization for Victim Assistance (NOVA)
www.trynova.org

Orange County Social Services
www.ssa.ocgov.com

National Criminal Justice Reference Service
www.ncjrs.gov