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Bothell Police Department Detective Dione Thompson Sex Offender Community Information
The history of the Registration Law Sex Offender Levels Statistics on Sex Offenders Family and Personal Safety Plans Childrens Response Center Specific Sex Offender Question and Answer Agenda
Registration Law History
Washington State Laws 1988 Diane Ballasiotes Pioneer Square Rape and Murder Convicted Sex Offender on Work Release 1988 Diane Ballasiotes Pioneer Square Rape and Murder Convicted Sex Offender on Work Release 1989 Helen Harlows Son Convicted Sex Offender- Earl Shriner Considered Dangerous to Public assaulted and sexually mutilated 7 year old boy 1989 Helen Harlows Son Convicted Sex Offender- Earl Shriner Considered Dangerous to Public assaulted and sexually mutilated 7 year old boy Governors (Booth Gardner) Task Force Governors (Booth Gardner) Task Force
Community Protection Act February 28, 1990 Registration of Sex Offenders Civil Commitment (Special Commitment Center on McNeil Island) Victim Services Community Notification
Our Challenge To be responsible in enforcing the Community Protection Act in order to protect the citizens and protect the Community Protection Act itself.
RCW 9A Registration of Sex/Kidnapping Offenders
Legal Setback 1993 Local Municipality Abused Community Notification Ward vs. State must consider risk Ward vs. State must consider risk
Jacob Wetterling Act Jacob Wetterling 1989 St. Joseph, Minnesota Jacob was 11 years old on a bike ride with his brother and a friend Last seen being grabbed by masked gunman 1994 Federal Statute -Sex Offender Registration -Limited Notification
Megans Law Megan Kanka 1994 Hamilton, New Jersey Went for a bicycle ride and never returned. Jesse Timmendequass (convicted sex offender) living nearby admitted to luring, raping and killing Megan. May 1996 federal statute -Requires all states to have community notification on high risk offenders.
Pam Lychner Act Pam Lychner Real estate agent in Houston. She was attacked and assaulted by a convicted felon while showing a house to a potential buyer. Sex Offender Tracking and Identification Act - Mandated FBI to establish a national sex offender registry by 2000
Who has to Register? Convicted of Sex/Kidnapping Offense In this state In another state In Federal Court Juveniles and Adults Those who lack a fixed residence
Sex Offender Risk Levels Sex Offender Scoring Tool (SOST) Police Reports Presentence Psychological Court Files Criminal History
Risk Levels Level One- Most rated, no violent history, usually know their victims. Level Two- Risk to reoffend, multiple victims, grooming of victims, predatory or position of trust. Level Three- High risk to reoffend, multiple victims, may use violence and/or weapons, may or may not know their victims.
General Statistics King County3892 Level Level Level 3 388
Bothell City Limits Level 1 31 Level 2 7 Level 3 4 Total 42
There are over 18,000 sex offenders registered in the state of Washington There are about 2000 sex offenders who are in violation of the registration laws. Their location is unknown.
Rebecca Milliman, MSW Childrens Response Center th Ave NE Suite 130 Bellevue, WA (425)
Open communication Teach how and when to say NO Teach correct anatomical names Talk about safe and unsafe touching Identify a safety plan and safe people Listen and believe! Know with whom your child spends time Talk with other parents Check references for babysitters and child care providers Drop in visits
Communication Maintain open doors Identify other safe people to talk with Talk about dating safety What are respectful relationships? What should your teen expect from others? Find ways to stay involved & informed! Youre still the parent…..
Develop and discuss rules of access Locate Internet in public area of home Discuss the importance of: Why personal information should not be given out (teens) Set limits of meeting online friends in person What to do if someone is asking for personal information What to do if something or someone makes them feel uncomfortable Monitor chat room use Educate yourself to be more Internet savvy!
Be aware of your surroundings Do not allow strangers in your home Verify ID of anyone, including service people and police officers Phone 911 if suspicious Protect your personal boundaries Trust your instincts! That little voice is usually right
How offenders gain access to their victims Obtains immediate insider status Exceptionally charming Extremely helpful Gains trust from adults Creates special relationship with a child Engages in peer-like play with children Creates opportunities to be alone with children Fails to honor clear boundaries set by adults or children Is defensive or secretive
Childrens Response Center (425) Harborview Center for Sexual Assault and Traumatic Stress (206) King County Sexual Assault Resource Center Child Protective Services or
Cant tell by looking Theyre everywhere These are just the known offenders Doesnt include those convicted prior to the law going into effect Doesnt include those who have yet to be caught Doesnt include those convicted and still incarcerated
Level two Level three All King County Agencies Levels determined by police agency of jurisdiction.
Level two Level three All Washington registered sex offenders as reported by WSP. Levels determined by police agency of jurisdiction.
Access Washington Legislature Statutes / RCWs Upcoming Legislation Washington State Patrol
FAQ? Why arent these people locked up for good? In 1996, the legislature increased sentences for major sex offenses with passing the 2 strikes law, which imposed a life sentence for a second sex offense. Because of problems with the 2 strikes law, in 2001 the legislature passed yet another law. This allowed for indeterminate sentences for those offenders convicted after September 1, This means that an offender can be kept behind bars for as long as he poses a danger to the community.
Sex Offender There will always be sex offenders in King County There will always be sex offenders in your neighborhood Sex offenders come in all races, ages, and sexes The largest majority of sex offenses occur in the home Stranger assaults are rare Education and knowledge are our strengths
For More Information… King County Sheriffs Office Kingcounty.gov Snohomish County Sheriffs Office Snoco.org Bothell Police Department Detective Dione Thompson