Sex offender behind bars after failing to register in Folsom

By: Penne Usher, Gold Country News Service Correspondent
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A Folsom man is in police custody for failing to register as a sex offender. Jonathan Leigh Meyer, 32, had registered in El Dorado County as a sex offender, but had been living in Folsom up to five days a week. He was arrested Friday. Meyer was convicted in 2007 in Merced County for lewd acts with a child under 14 years of age. California penal code section 290 requires any suspect convicted of a sexual offense to register with the police or sheriff’s office where he or she resides or temporarily resides within five days of beginning residency. Jason Browning, spokesman for the Folsom Police Department, said it was his understanding that Meyer had been living off and on in Folsom for the past year. “He was supposed to register here,” he said. “You can’t register one place and live somewhere else.” The City of Folsom currently has 45 sex registrants in compliance, Browning said. The Folsom Police Department has a tool on its Web site for identifying registered sex offenders at, or at under the Offender Watch tab. “The Folsom Police Department strictly enforces and monitors sex offenders residing in our jurisdiction. Any sexual offender failing to comply with their registration requirements in Folsom will be arrested” said Lt. Sheldon Sterling of the Criminal Investigations Bureau. Meyer is currently being held at the Sacramento County Jail in lieu of $130,000 bail.