Chris Gregoire on Monday called for increased electronic monitoring and other changes to curtail repeat crimes by sex offenders. Gregoire last month formed a sex offender task force to study the case of Terapon Adhahn, a level 1 sex offender who allegedly kidnapped and killed a girl watching a Tacoma fireworks display on the Fourth of July. While ankle bracelets, GPS monitoring and the like are not necessarily a panacea against sex crimes, Gregoire said, she has told state correctional officials to review all the cases of level 3 sex offenders on probation to determine whether they merit electronic monitoring.
Updated: August 15, pm. Two weeks after a state-mandated sex offender sweep nicknamed "Operation Crackdown," six of 16 registered sex offenders arrested in Cowlitz County during the two-day operation are out of jail. Leroy Ward is out despite three previous convictions for the same charge - failure to register as a sex offender.
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As college students settle into the fall semester, they may be surprised to learn that their off-campus neighbors may include paroled sex offenders. Hundreds of communities in almost half the nation's states have banned registered sex offenders from living close to places frequented by children, such as playgrounds and elementary schools. But in most cases, those laws do not include the areas surrounding university campuses — so convicted sex offenders have moved in.
Updated: August 15, pm. The system includes real-time updates for newly registered offenders, and residents can enroll to be notified if an offender moves into their neighborhoods. Those moves are among the recommendations made late last year by Gov.
The Washington law, regarded as the strictest in the nation when passed inwas an effort to identify especially violent sexual deviants, including rapists and child molesters, and detain them before they could commit more crimes. It allowed the state to use civil commitment procedures to lock up certain violent sexual criminals indefinitely in state-run treatment centers, even after they had served their prison sentences. The fates of the law and 31 detainees in a locked treatment facility inside a state prison remain in doubt.
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By Jennifer Sullivan. Over the years, the University of Washington has heard complaints from parents and students about sex offenders living in the "North of 45th" neighborhood. The University of Washington is pushing to have all registered sex offenders banned from the densely populated neighborhood north of its main campus.