Sexual Assaults / Juvenile / Missing Persons
The Sexual Assaults Investigation Unit (SAIU) is responsible for managing investigations of all sex offenses reported in the city. The work includes internet and child pornography cases, and violations of sex offender registration requirements.
SAIU is organized as follows:
General Sex Crimes Detail
Work consists of investigations of cases one typically thinks of as sex crimes. These include child molests, rapes, unlawful sexual intercourse and indecent exposure cases, among the broader range of sexually-oriented offenses. The unit’s work does not include commercial sexually-oriented criminal endeavors, such as prostitution.
Child Exploitation Detail
Our department fields one of the state’s few enforcement groups specifically dedicated to offenses directed at children involving the internet, and to its original mission involving child pornography. Ours is one of five departments in the state acting as a lead agency of surrounding law enforcement organizations in the national Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. In that role, the detail contributes to the national organization’s goals. Those include educating the public—and specifically children and their parents—on internet safety, training investigators of other agencies, pursuing leads reported through a national Cybertip clearing house, and serving as a resource to other agencies in this specialized area of investigation.
This detail is also responsible for investigating child molest cases involving institutional settings, such as schools and sports teams. At present, staffing consists of three police officer-rank computer forensic examiners.
Program: Sex Offender Registration Enforcement Team (290 Team)
California for more than 50 years has required dangerous 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 Child Molester Identification Line in July 1995. California’s Megan’s Law further expanded the information available in 1996.
Megan's Law is named after seven-year-old Megan Kanka, a New Jersey girl who was raped and killed by a known child molester who had moved across the street from the family without their knowledge. In the wake of the tragedy, the Kanka's sought to have local communities warned about sex offenders in the area.
Now, California's Megan's Law arms the public with certain information on the whereabouts of dangerous sex offenders so those members of our local communities may protect themselves and their children. The law also authorizes local law enforcement to notify the public about high-risk and serious sex offenders who reside in, are employed in, or frequent the community.
When was the program created and why?
The San Jose Police department’s Sex Registration Enforcement Team was originated in 1996. Commonly referred to as the “290 Team”, the team is part of the Sexual Assault Investigation Unit. The 290 Team consists of one supervisor, four detectives, one administrative detective and one full time Crime Data Specialist. The team is committed to ensuring sex registrants living within San Jose are in compliance and take enforcement actions on those that are failing to comply. The unit works closely with the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office, which prosecutes cases involving sex registrants who are out of compliance.
Megan’s Law Web Application - Search State database of registered sex offenders with local maps and details.
California’s Megan’s Law allows law enforcement to notify the public of serious and high-risk sex offenders who reside in or are employed in a community. California’s Megan’s Law requires the California Department of Justice to maintain a web application containing information on serious and high-risk sex offenders. Access to the web application is mandated to be available to the public at all Sheriff’s Departments and at Police Departments in cities with a population of 200,000 or more, and through the California Department of Justice.
Information on the web application includes the high-risk or serious sex offender’s name; aliases; photograph (available on more than 65 percent of the individuals) physical description; ethnicity; date of birth; scars, marks, and tattoos; registered sex offenses; and county and zip code based on last registered address.
California's Megan's Law requires that certain information about sex offenders be made available upon request to members of the public, so that the public is better prepared to protect themselves and their children.
The intent of this information s to empower citizens with data to assist them in making informed decisions regarding personal and family safety. Civil misuse of this information may subject the person to civil damages. Anyone who uses this information contained in this database to commit a criminal act against another is subject to criminal prosecution.
Parents who are concerned regarding a potential sex offender should consider viewing the "How to Protect Yourself and Your Family" and the "Facts About Sex Offenders" sections of California's Megan's Law web site.
The California State Attorney General's Office maintains a Megan's Law Website where you can look up and report information about registered sex offenders.
We urge you to review the following:
Sex Offender locations and information can also be displayed on a map at CrimeReports.com
CALIFORNIA PENAL CODE SECTION 290
Section 290 of the California Penal Code requires people convicted of certain sexual offenses to register with the local law enforcement agency responsible for the jurisdiction in which they reside within 5 working days of their birthday, and within 5 working days of changing their address. This is a lifetime requirement. Law enforcement cannot dictate where an offender lives, as long as the offender registers his / her residence with the appropriate jurisdiction. (Complete requirements are listed in Section 290 of the California Penal Code.)
CONDITIONS It is illegal to use information obtained through the Megan's Law web site to commit a crime against a registered sex offender or to engage in discrimination or harassment against a registered sex offender. A person is authorized to use this information only to protect him / herself or a child who may be at risk. A member of the public may not use the information they obtain by any means in accordance with the law to commit any crimes. Criminal misuse of this information subjects the person who misuses it to a sentence enhancement, in addition to the punishment for the crime committed. Civil misuse of this information may subject the person to civil damages and penalties pursuant to California Penal Code Section 290.4 (e) (3) A).
USE OF THIS INFORMATION: The release of this information to the public is meant to assure public protection, not to punish the offender. It is illegal to use information obtained through this web site to commit a crime against a registered sex offender or to engage in discrimination or harassment against a registered sex offender.
The Juvenile Detail
The Juvenile Detail is comprised of one sergeant and one detectives. Detectives assigned to the Juvenile Detail are responsible for investigating a wide variety of cases involving juvenile offenders. Their investigations range from simple cases of vandalism to serious cases involving weapons and aggravated assault. The unit works closely with both the Santa Clara County Juvenile Probation Department and the District Attorney's Office.
The Missing Persons Detail
The Missing Persons Detail is responsible for locating persons who are formally reported as missing from within the City of San Jose. The Missing Persons Detail is comprised of one sergeant and one detectives. Their cases include: missing adults, “at risk” missing adults, often suffering from a serious medical or mental disorder, missing children and chronic runaways. Missing person cases can be involved and on occasion turn into homicide investigations. Cases involving young children or the severely disabled are given the highest priority. When these serious cases arise the Unit often solicits assistance from other outside resources such as, search and rescue volunteers, and a recently implemented telephone alert system known as, “A Child is Missing Alert!”