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Fresno County deputies need your help finding two sex offenders

Jose Rivera and Daniel Franco are wanted by authorities

FRESNO COUNTY, Calif. - Fresno County deputies are searching for two registered sex offenders and they need your help. 36-year-old Jose Rivera of Fresno and 49-year-old Daniel Franco of Firebaugh. These two men are on the Crime Stoppers most wanted list. 

One tip leading to their arrests could earn you a $1,000. Deputies say these two sex offenders failed to update their home addresses and could be dangerous.

Jose Rivera. Danny Franco. Two sex offenders that aren't in compliance with the Fresno County Sheriff's Office. 

"And they haven't re-registered. They only have five days to re-register that new address," said Tony Botti of the Fresno County Sheriff's Office.

Within five days before or after their birthday to re-register but it's been weeks for Rivera and Franco. CBS 47 legal expert David Mugridge says that's a dangerous sign. 

"I think there's a danger even when you have one person that hasn't complied," said Mugridge.

If you're concerned about these two men, information on them is accessible on the California Megan's Law website. We pulled up the details on Jose Rivera and Danny Franco. Here's what we found out.

The offense of lewd or lascivious acts with a child under 14 years of age is indicated on both Rivera and Franco's records. Each of them scored a two in risk assessment, an average risk to commit a new sexual offense. But what does this red exclamation mark mean?

"The exclamation point on the screen tells you that they're in violation right now," said Botti.

Mugridge says in his experience, some sex offenders register their home address at one location but that doesn't mean they're living there.

"He may be over at location B and was maybe using location A for a mail drop," said Mugridge.

Rivera's last reported address is on South Cherry Avenue in Fresno. Franco's is on North Fairfax in Firebaugh. Mugridge says some offenders ignore compliance rules and get off the grid.
     
"Abscond, take off. Maybe go to another state entirely," said Mugridge.

If you recognize Rivera or Franco, please call Crime Stoppers at 498-STOP. You can remain anonymous and be eligible for a $1,000 reward.


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