A sex offender who recently moved to Joshua Tree was arrested after he ignored police officials’ warnings that he should not move next to an elementary school. Rowland Chorn, 29, was arrested on suspicion of failing to comply with California sex offender registration guidelines, according to this news report. Chorn apparently came into the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s station to register his new address, but deputies objected because his home was too close to the Joshua Tree Elementary School and Sunburst Park. Jessica’s Law bans sex offenders from living within 2,640 feet of a school and within 2,000 feet from a park.
The tag “sex offender” doesn’t come of after your conviction, incarceration or even after you serve time. You may think you have turned a corner or may have even served time for a sex crime you did not commit. But society is unforgiving and your sex offender label stays forever. It is becoming increasingly difficult for those who have been convicted of sex crimes in California to find housing. Many live on the streets as transients. This is probably the most devastating consequence of being convicted of a sex crime.
If you have been charged with a sex crime, it is critical that you immediately consult with an aggressive and skilled Southern California sex crime defense attorney. It would be even better if you contact an attorney while you are still being investigated. A skilled criminal defense lawyer may be able to nip the case in the bud even before charges are filed or before the story gets to the media and your reputation is dragged in the mud. At Sitkoff & Hanrahan. our attorneys are former prosecutors who know exactly how to find loopholes and discrepancies in the prosecution’s case. Call us today at 888-579-4844 to discuss your case. We will help build a strong defense and get your charges dismissed.