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Police Notification

Posted by Len Gilbert on March 3, 2010


The Piedmont Police Department is providing information to the public about a person required to register as a sex offender pursuant to California Penal Code Section 290. The Piedmont Police Department deems this notification necessary to ensure the public safety based upon information made available to this department by the United States Department of Justice and to allow the public to protect themselves and their children from sex offenders.

James F. Donnelly has been released from federal prison after serving time for Possession of Child Pornography. The Piedmont Police Department believes that in addition to the charge for which James F. Donnelly was convicted, he was also the subject of a federal investigation into child sex tourism, was a participant in NAMBLA (North America Man Boy Love Association) and has moved very near an elementary school.

James F. Donnelly is a 71 year old, white male, residing at 256 Wildwood Ave., Piedmont, CA. Mr. Donnelly drives an orange 2010 Honda Fit 4-door hatchback.

Any person who criminally misuses the aforementioned information will be subject to criminal prosecution.

John Hunt

Captain / Interim Chief of Police

March 2, 2010

More information

California Megan’s Law database: http://www.meganslaw.ca.gov/

Piedmont Police: http://www.ci.piedmont.ca.us/police/

Piedmont Police Department
403 Highland Avenue
Piedmont, CA  94611

Emergency Call 9-1-1

24-Hr Dispatch: (510) 420-3000
Anon. Tip Line: (510) 601-1605

One Response to “Police Notification”

  1. trood said

    The Wildwood Newsletter has this notice from Principal Carol Cramer today:

    “We are staying in close contact with the Piedmont Police Department regarding the sex offender notification. Many have asked about the enforcement of Jessica’s Law, in which one provision prohibits a registered sex offender from living within close proximity to an elementary school. However, Jessica’s Law does not list a penalty for violating this provision. Due to no penalty, the California State Attorney General’s Office and the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office have instructed the Piedmont Police Department not to attempt any enforcement related to Jessica’s Law. The subject has informed the Police Department of his intention to move out of town within a couple of months. No specific date was given.”

    Curious, I looked up “Jessica’s Law” – in California it’s Prop 83, the Sexual Predator Punishment and Control Act: Jessica‟s Law, which was the subject of a recent court ruling upholding its application to criminals released before the law took effect in November 2006. More here. The article makes no mention of the law being unenforceable due to the lack of a penalty for violation.

    The statute, California Penal Code Section 3003.5(b), is here. “Notwithstanding any other provision of law, it is unlawful for any person for whom registration is required pursuant to Section 290 to reside within 2000 feet of any public or private school, or park where children regularly gather.”

    The statue also allows jurisdictions to enact more restrictive laws:
    (c) Nothing in this section shall prohibit municipal jurisdictions from enacting local ordinances that further restrict the residency of any person for whom registration is required pursuant to Section 290.”

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