South Lake Tahoe police are advising the public to be aware of a convicted sex offender from Incline Village who is not permitted to be in California, but who has allegedly been frequenting South Lake Tahoe in violation his terms of parole in Nevada.
Wesley Goetz (pictured), 55, was convicted in 1998 of felony lewdness with a child younger than 14 and is on lifetime supervision for the crime, according to a Police Department news release. He must adhere to several special conditions, including staying away from areas and businesses that children frequent, and not accessing the Internet without permission.
This month, according to police, Goetz has attempted to falsely obtain a business license from the city of South Lake Tahoe to become a photographer of children, a handyman and a traveling salesman. Police say he also has attempted to conduct an Internet-based business. The city has refused his requests for a business license.
In addition, according to police, Goetz has falsely told South Lake Tahoe police detectives that he has permission to be near children and that he has permission to be out of the state of Nevada. Police said he has made similar misstatements to the sheriff's offices in El Dorado and Placer counties.
Goetz has a valid Nevada driver's license. He also has two vehicles registered in his name, including a 1991 Ford Aerostar van bearing Nevada license plate number 805WXK and a 1995 Honda motorcycle with Nevada license plate number 177782, according to police.
Police offer the following information regarding sex offenders and registries:
* Registered sex offenders in California are listed at http://www.meganslaw.ca.gov/.
* Registered sex offenders in Nevada are listed at http://www.nvsexoffenders.gov.
* The offender registry includes only those individuals who have been required by law to register and who are in compliance with the offender registration laws.
* The information contained in the registry is provided as a public service and may not be current or accurate.
* People should not rely solely on the offender registry to guard against offenses in their communities.
* The crime for which a person is convicted may not accurately reflect the level of risk.
* Anyone who uses information contained in the registry to harass registrants or commit any crime may be subject to criminal prosecution.