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THE PROTEST CONTINUES AGAINST SEX OFFENDERS PLACED IN A COMMUNITY FULL OF CHILDREN

By Shiloh Ireland

Photo: daughter and her parents

October 9, 2022 (El Cajon) – October 2n/a, another peaceful protest took place next to a sex offender’s home at 9107 Sesi Lane, where sex offenders have been placed. Currently, the six housed offenders have been reduced to four as two have moved to another part of East County.

Attending the protest were Andrew Hayes, a member of the Lakeside Union School Board, as well as Anthony Carnevale, a real estate agent and community activist who is now spearheading the community outcry over the placement of sex offenders in their community and the unraveling the behind-the-scenes orchestration of placement. Also present was Patrick McMillan of the McMillan family, who is also a resident and an activist who has done a lengthy investigation of the placement.

Residents noticed a lot of activity at the house for several months, including many people coming and going as well as construction work. They searched the Megan’s Law website and saw that sex offenders released after convictions for many types of sex crimes were registered at the address.

This reporter sent media messages to the five county supervisors, as well as State Senator Brian Jones, Congressman Randy Voepel and Congressman Darrell Issa. Joel Anderson, whose district includes the property, did not respond. Supervisor Nathan Fletcher, who is not the District 2 supervisor, told me that a staff member would contact me within a week, but that did not happen. Senator Brian Jones recently sent a brief message acknowledging the problem and his commitment to working to find solutions. At an earlier protest, Mayor Wells of El Cajon spoke out, despite having no authority in the unincorporated El Cajon, but supporting residents, pledged to dialogue and meet with anyone, including supervisors or anyone they can help.

Who owns this house? The deed lists Natalie Casillas and her sister Nicole Casillas under Mountain High Construction LLC. Nicole is a Coldwell Banker-West Realtor in Chula Vista. New Lyfe Homes is the placement agency for offenders. Recently, Nicole Casillas sent a cease and desist letter to Haynes and Carnevale and their respective school district superintendents. The letter called the protesters a “racist mob”.

Photo, left: school counselor Andrew Hayes speaks to protesters

I first spoke with Anthony Carnevale and asked him which county official helped the most. “I don’t know if an elected official helped us, but a code enforcement officer is supposed to come out,” he replied. Asked what next steps community members are planning, he replied, “Great question. Imagine how to keep the pressure on,” adding, “I believe the protests have resulted in the departure of three offenders. ECM could not independently verify why some offenders moved elsewhere.

ECM also interviewed Hayes, a school board member, and asked about jurisdiction. “It’s a state issue from my perspective as a school board member. The solution to this is a state solution,” he said, noting that sex offenders are different from sexually violent predators (SVPs).

The state of California approves SVP placements, which must be placed in the county they come from, and the state is required to notify neighbors and there is a public comment period before a judge approves or rejects the placement. With other sex offenders, there is no formal public notice to the community.

Photo, right: a boy and his parents during a demonstration

“We should be proactive in protecting our children and we need legislation to address this issue,” Hayes said.

Haynes and others have launched a landmark initiative to expand Jessica’s Law protections, create sex offender committees in schools, require 1-5 security ratings for sex offenders – 5 being the worst – and demand that the school district be informed. before placement. The petition will go to Governor Newsom.

Hayes has this advice for community members: “Keep fighting; it’s popular and we need to change the law.