Neighbors in a San Jose neighborhood learn a convicted sex offender has moved in.
Police took to the streets of west San Jose Wednesday to alert residents of the presence of a high-risk registered sex offender.
The Police Department's Megan's Law team planned to go door-to-door in an area near Payne Avenue and San Tomas Expressway between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. to notify residents of the presence of Wayne Allen Page, 61.
Page's prior offenses include forcible rape and kidnapping with intent to rape, according to police.
Police Sgt. Jason Dwyer said Page has lived in the area for about a year and was discharged from parole in February. He still has to register each year as a sex offender but is no longer subject to search and seizure, Dwyer said.
He said it is unusual for the Police Department to go to such lengths to inform residents of a sex offender's presence, but that police feel that Page, a repeat offender, is particularly high-risk.
The last time San Jose police did a similar public notification was seven years ago, Dwyer said.
Page is not wanted by law enforcement, and police said the notification is simply meant to inform the public of the situation. Dwyer said police have also met with faculty from four nearby schools.
"We need to arm the public with information that may help keep them from becoming the victim of a sex crime, and their children as well," Dwyer said.
Dwyer said he is not aware of any complaints about Page.
A call to Page's home wasn't immediately returned this afternoon.
Megan's Law is a general name for laws that require authorities to make information on convicted sex offenders' whereabouts available to the public. The laws are named for Megan Kanka, a 7-year-old New Jersey girl who was raped and murdered in 1994 by a sex offender who moved in nearby without her family's knowledge.
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