ABERDEEN, Wash. - Local Police Departments have been releasing more registered sex offender information pursuant to RCW 4.24.550, the Washington State Supreme Court decision in State v. Ward, and the US Supreme Court decision in Connecticut Dept. of Public Safety v. Doe (2003) which authorizes law enforcement agencies to inform the public of a sex or kidnapping offenders release when the release of information will enhance public safety and protection.
So are more offenders moving to the area? Hoquiam Detective Srgt Shane Krohn tells us he doesn't see an increase in the number of offenders, rather an increase in the reporting of those offenders and more involvement from the public to disseminate that information.
The individuals who appear on these notifications have been convicted of a sex or kidnapping offense that requires registration with the Sheriff’s Office in the county of their residence. Further their previous criminal history places them in a classification level, which reflects a potential to re-offend.
The offenders have served the sentence imposed on them by the courts and have advised the Grays Harbor County Sheriff’s Office that they will be living at the provided location.
As of September 2012, there are over 19000 sex or kidnapping offenders who have registered (since 02/28/90) and are currently living in Washington State. Approx. 400 of these are registered to Grays Harbor County addresses. Approx. 100 are registered to addresses within the city limits of Aberdeen.
Public Disclosure of Sex Offender/kidnapper Information
If you have information about a registered sex offender/kidnapper that you would like to pass on to the Sheriff's Office, you can call Detective Ed McGowan at (360) 249-3711 X592.
Abuse of this information to threaten, intimidate or harass registered sex and kidnapping offenders will not be tolerated. Such abuse could potentially end our current ability to release this important information to the public.