Parents angry that registered sex offender Barton Haynes lives in Rancho Santa Fe neighborhood

Some say they were never notified

RANCHO SANTA FE, Calif. - Some parents in Rancho Santa Fe contacted 10News and expressed anger after they were not told a registered sex offender moved into their neighborhood.

"There's really not much they can do about it," said Irwin Zalkin, an attorney who specializes in child sex abuse cases.

Residents said they became alarmed when they learned Barton Haynes was leasing a home on La Valle Plateada. Haynes, 51, was convicted of a lewd or lascivious act with someone under the age of 14 in a different state. Information about Haynes is available on the Megan's Law website.

"The whole point of the registry is to put them on a database accessible for people who have concerns," said attorney Irwin Zalkin, who specializes in child sex abuse cases.

10News learned law enforcement officials only notify the community when a high-risk or violent sex offender is about to be released.

Zalkin added, "People who have served their time have a right to come out of jail and live where they want to live."

One resident told 10News said she understood that it was legal for Haynes to live in the area, but she was upset that no residents were notified.

There are more than 4,500 registered sex offenders in San Diego County, according to a spokesperson with the Sexual Assault Felony Enforcement (SAFE) Task Force.

SAFE literally checks on every registered offender to see that they are in compliance. While all have to notify law enforcement where they are living, those considered low-risk offenders do not require community notification.

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