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NEWS: Cops: Sex offender used Megans Law database to get dates

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posted on Jan, 30 2005 @ 05:10 PM
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A convicted sex offender has been arrested for misusing the new online Megan's Law database. His crime? Using the information contained on the database, which includes pictures and addresses, as a ersatz dating service. Authorities became aware when another convicted sex offender complained that he had received a letter asking him to go out on a date. Glen Westberg was cited and released, and could face a misdemeanor count and be subject to fines and jail time. Westburg's criminal record includes lewd and lascivious acts with a child and using force to commit lewd and lascivious acts against a child.
 



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Glen Westberg scrolled through dozens of online photos, wrote to several people he thought looked good and, when the time came, even showed up early for his date.

Trouble was Westberg was Internet dating by using the new online Megan's Law database and trying to hook up with another convicted sex offender, authorities said.

Westberg, whose criminal record includes lewd and lascivious acts with a child and using force to commit lewd and lascivious acts against a child, is a former San Mateo County resident who now lives in Cupertino. He was cited Thursday for illegally using the site and released.

The Web site, unveiled by the state Department of Justice on Dec. 15, contains the names and photos of some 63,000 people required to register in California as sex offenders. Specific home addresses are listed for more than half of them.


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I suppose we should feel grateful that he was only interested in his own kind. However, only a few weeks ago at work looked up her address at work only to find herself literally surrounded by the blue dots that denote a offender locations, we had a running joke that the database was a bad way to find a date. Who knew that someone was already doing this!




 
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