Court Ruled Against Sex Offender Move

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(Sacramento, CA)
Friday, August 13, 2004
In ruling that Cary Verse could not move to Merced County, the judge cited legislation signed into law by Governor Schwarzenegger. The new law mandates that rehabilitated sex offenders be relocated to their last county of residence prior to incarceration. In Verse’s case, that would be Contra Costa County. Officials in Merced fought for weeks to keep a state agency from moving Verse into a rental house. Sheriff Mark Pazin says residents didn’t want the state pushing a sex offender on their community.  PAZIN :10—Had Cary Verse been indigenous to Merced County and committed this crime we would have accepted that. But to go ahead and accept other counties problems didn’t cut it with us.   Verse did not immediately return telephone calls. He’s been living in a San Jose motel for the last five months. His attorney had argued that Verse has paid his debt to society and should be allowed to move to Merced. A relocation hearing is scheduled for September. Bob Hensley KXJX News.