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Sexually violent predator community notification from Loveland Police Department

Post Date:11/07/2019 5:50 PM

Contact: Loveland Police Department Investigative Technician Steve Watts 970-962-2251

Subject: Sexually Violent Predator Community Notification Date: November 7, 2019

Pursuant to Colorado Revised Statutes 16-13-901 through 16-13-905, which authorizes law enforcement agencies to inform the public of a sex offender’s release when the offender has been determined to be a sexually violent predator and is subject to community notification, the Loveland Police Department releases the following information on the release of John Proa, DOB 09/07/1969. Mr. Proa has been determined by the court to be a Sexually Violent Predator.

Sexually Violent Predators are required to register with law enforcement four times a year for their entire life. The Loveland Police Department has no legal authority to direct where a sex offender may live. Unless court restrictions exist, they are constitutionally free to live wherever they choose. The Colorado Bureau of Investigation maintains the statewide registry. There are approximately 248 registered sex offenders within the city of Loveland out of over 20,000 in the state of Colorado.

Law enforcement may share sex offender information with the community because of the Jacob Wetterling Act of 1994, and in the case of Sexually Violent Predators, law enforcement must actively notify citizens. This press release serves as an active notification to the community. Vigilantism, or use of this information to harass, threaten, or intimidate any of the following people is criminal behavior and will not be tolerated: the offender, the offender’s significant others, and the community notification team. The purpose of disseminating this information is to enhance public safety and protection.

The Loveland Police Department encourages citizens to speak with their children about safety issues. There is valuable information on the police department’s website about sex offenders and sex offenses, including myths and victim impacts.

[Photo: J. Proa]

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Any identified criminal charges are only allegations and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty. Crime Stoppers may be reached at 970-221-6868 where callers will remain anonymous and possibly be eligible for a cash reward

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