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San Diego city schools ranked by sex offenders living nearby

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - Jessica's Law was supposed to keep sex offenders away from schools but earlier this year the California Supreme Court ruled the law unconstitutional.

CBS News 8 crunched the numbers and found out which San Diego schools have the most sex offenders living nearby.

Sex offenders live in neighborhoods all over San Diego and parents have every right to be worried.

“I've had a few incidents where I've seen some things around here. Honestly, it's not good neighborhood,” said one City Heights mother.

Number three on our list of schools with the most sex offenders nearby is Sherman Elementary with 40 sex offenders within one mile, and 37 offenders in the same zip code.

Central Elementary in City Heights comes in at number two on our list, also with 40 sex offenders living nearby, but with 82 offenders in the same zip code.

The San Diego city school with the most sex offenders nearby is Rosa Parks Elementary in City Heights; there are 41 sex offenders within a mile and 82 offenders in the school’s zip code.

One those nearby sex offenders is Ross Albers, convicted in the 1970s of sex acts with children related to him.

Albers lives a third of a mile from Rosa Parks Elementary but he insists he's no risk to kids.

“I'm 75 years old. I'm not interested in a bunch of kids. I did my time. I went through hell to get my life back together,” said Albers, who is listed on the state’s Megan’s Law web site.

“I wouldn't know exactly where in the hell the school is. All I see is a bunch of kids go to school. They go that way,” he said.

Our analysis showed schools in more affluent neighborhoods have less sex offenders nearby.

Kate Sessions Elementary at the base of Mount Soledad n Pacific Beach has no sex offenders within one mile.

Same with Jerabek Elementary in Scripps Ranch and La Jolla Elementary; both schools have no sex offenders living nearby.

Phyllis Shess is the executive chair of San Diego's Sex Offender Management Council.

Shess says, just because a school has more sex offenders nearby, doesn’t necessarily mean those students are more at risk.

“The offenders that we're most afraid of are the ones that are kind of lurking and watching for children, and those are very, very rare, thank God,” said Shess.

She says most sex offences against children are committed by relatives or family friends.

“What really makes a difference is how engaged you are in your children's lives, and how aware you are of the people to whom you entrust your children,” Shess said.

“We've got to be very careful with our most precious possession, our kids,” she said.

The San Diego Unified School District did not respond to repeated requests to be interviewed for this report.

Our list of city schools ranked by nearby sex offenders is posed here.

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