The Yuma Police Department is informing the community that a convicted Level 2 sex offender has notified the agency that he is now residing at a new address within the city limits.

Jesse Cancio Jr., 27, is now residing at 1836 S. Dora Avenue.  He is described as being 5 feet, 6 inches tall, weighing 134 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes.

 Cancio is not wanted by the YPD at this time, but is considered a medium-risk to re-offend.

On Aug. 21, 2011, Cancio pled guilty to 1 count of Sexual Conduct with a Minor, sexually motivated

The YPD is releasing the following information pursuant to the Community Notification on Sex Offenders Law. It is the responsibility of the law enforcement agency having jurisdiction where the offender resides to make notification to the community.

Notification must be made when certain sex offenders are released from the Arizona State Prison, accepted under an interstate compact or released from the county jail back into the community.

Sex Offenders have always lived within communities; but because of Megan’s law, law enforcement is now able to share this information with the public.

The YPD has no legal authority to direct where a sex offender may or may not live. Unless court ordered restrictions exist, this offender is constitutionally free to live wherever he/she chooses.

Residents who abuse of this information to threaten, intimidate, or harass sex offenders will not be tolerated.

The Yuma County Sheriff’s Office would also like to remind the public of the registered sex offender and community notification program OffenderWatch. To register for free email alerts please visit the YCSO OffenderWatch page.

James Gilbert can be reached at or 539-6854. Find him on Facebook at or on Twitter @YSJamesGilbert.

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