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The state corrections department said it is changing its policy in response to a state Supreme Court ruling that found the blanket prohibition unconstitutional. The high court ruled this month that restrictions imposed by California voters in 2006 go too far to limit where sex offenders can live.
Parole agents can still force sex offenders to live more than 2,000 feet from schools and parks where children gather, as required by the ballot measure commonly known as Jessica's Law. But they will have to make the decision for individual cases.
The March 2 ruling applied only to registered sex-offender parolees in San Diego County, but prison officials will apply the ruling statewide. Some local governments outside San Diego County also have begun repealing their local residency restrictions in response to the high court's ruling.
It will take about 60 days for the department to review the files of about 6,000 sex offender parolees to decide if the restriction should still apply, department spokesman Luis Patino said. Existing restrictions will stay in effect until then.
About half of the sex offenders are considered child molesters, he said.
``Some people who are not pedophiles ... will probably be removed from the restriction,'' Patino said. ``It will be tailored to people who need it the most.''
That will help the department by reducing the large number of sex offenders whose whereabouts must be monitored to determine if they are violating the residency law, he said. It also is expected to reduce the number of sex offenders who registered as transient because they could not find permanent housing that met the restrictions.
``It will be easier to track the actual pedophiles,'' Patino said, ``the ones that we really need to track.''
The ruling, and the change in policy, do not affect a different law that will continue to bar certain high-risk child molesters from living within a half-mile of any K-12 public or private school.
Patino said the department decided to make the changes statewide after it was advised by the state Attorney General's Office that applying the blanket mandatory residency restrictions of Jessica's Law would be found to be unconstitutional in every county.
It does not change other parts of the law, including a requirement that sex offenders' whereabouts be monitored with tracking devices. Registered sex offenders also still must tell local law enforcement agencies where they live.
Jessica's Law supporters said the court substituted its judgment for the will of the 70 percent of voters who approved the restrictions.
Critics of the law, including law enforcement and treatment professionals on the state's Sex Offender Management Board, have repeatedly recommended that the state narrow what the board called a ``one-size-fits-all'' restriction. The board said in a report to the Legislature last month that limiting where sex offenders can live increased the number of transient offenders from about 1 percent to nearly 10 percent, to nearly 6,700 statewide, making them more difficult to supervise. Nearly 1,400 parolees have registered as homeless, the report said.
One of the San Diego County offenders who sued to overturn the law said he was forced to live in a dry riverbed after his parole agent told him he couldn't live near schools and parks. Two others said they slept in an alley near the parole office.
``Having an alarmingly large number of transient sex offenders in California does not make communities safer,'' the board said.
The high court echoed those criticisms, ruling that applying the residency restriction to every sex offender, no matter the age of their victim, bears ``no rational relationship to advancing the state's legitimate goal of protecting children from sexual predators.''
According to the Bakersfield Police Department, a man allegedly raped a woman inside the southwest Bakersfield home on Friday morning and then set the two-story house on fire.
The incident happened on the 10,000 block of Tungsten Street, near Old River Road and Harris Road.
BPD officials said they got a call from a woman around 11 a.m. saying she was raped and that the man who raped her was armed with a gun and lighting the house on fire.
When firefighters arrived on scene, they reported hearing about 20 gunshots coming from inside the home.
According to the Bakersfield Fire Department, crews had to find a different way to fight the fire.
The man and alleged victim are believed to be roommates, according to police, but couldn't confirm if they lived at the home on Tungsten Street.
According to BPD, they are not sure if the man who allegedly raped the woman is on the loose or dead inside the burned home.
However, BPD is looking for a person of interest who they say was at the home earlier in the morning. That suspect is identified as 22-year-old Adrian Hernandez.
BPD is set to conduct an investigation once the fire department concludes their investigation.
One witness described the scene as "unreal" and worried there may be someone in the home.
"By the time I got over, all of a sudden it felt like a big rush of air coming through the windows. That's when it started busting and you could actually see the flames -- they were probably 40, 50 feet up in the air by then," said Raul Gonzales.
The damage is estimated to be around $350,000.
The secret witness program offering a $5,000 reward for information on who killed Batiste.
Stay Focused Ministries Director Manuel Carrizalez said, "As many kids as I've buried, that case was the worst one."
Carrizalez says batiste was shot more than a dozen times.
"When they killed him like that, they sent a message and I knew that it was serious," said Carrizalez.
Carrizalez spoke at Batiste's funeral, reaching out to other kids in an effort to stop gang violence -- a message he continues to share with the community.
Carrizalez said, "Gang violence has spread out, all over the city."
As the anniversary of Batiste's death approaches, Carrizalez has another message.
"It just comes with the territory, you know that you know something. The thing is to get involved because it's going to continue," said Carrizalez.
Anyone with information in encouraged to contact BPD 327-7111, or to remain anonymous, call the secret witness hotline 322-4040.
Law enforcement in Washington contacted Taft police Saturday afternoon with information that Studer was in Taft. Police and sheriff's deputies found Studer's van behind a business in the 400 block of Center Street.
After a standoff at the business lasting several hours and involving multiple law enforcement agencies, the SWAT team and a robot went inside the business. Taft police say Studer was arrested without incident.
Police say King County sheriff's detectives from Washington are on their way to Taft to assist in the investigation.
After the ceremony, friends and family celebrated at a reception at Seven Oaks Country Club.