Garrido's Suburb a Haven for Sex Offenders

'Boonieville' is sex offender haven
By Mat Probasco,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 31, 2009 7:52 AM CDT
A Contra Costa sheriff's deputy stand guard outside a home in Antioch, Calif., where authorities say kidnapped victim Jaycee Dugard lived.   (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)
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(Newser) – More than 100 registered sex offenders live in the 94509 zip code where police say Phillip and Nancy Garrido held kidnap victim Jaycee Dugard for 18 years, reports the Los Angeles Times. Largely surrounded by the hard-knock city of Antioch, the small and scruffy unincorporated area is a sex offender haven, say officials. Living is cheap in the semi-rural San Francisco suburb, police patrols are infrequent, and neighbors tend to keep to themselves.

"We're mostly an older bunch, and we don't pay that much attention. This is Boonieville," said a neighbor. Because sex offenders generally must avoid schools, parks, churches, and other places where children congregate, they tend to move to less populated areas, said a law professor. "They want a place where they can remain anonymous and people leave them alone," she added.