Registered Sex Offender Working For Carnival at Pacific County Fair Arrested

South Bend, WA. – This morning a registered sex offender identified as Jason A. Miner, age 38, and of Yakima was arrested by Pacific County Sheriff deputies at the Pacific County Jail. Miner was reporting to the Sheriff’s Office to register within our county as required by state law. Miner was in Pacific County working for the company contracting carnival rides and activities at the Pacific County Fair.

Miner was arrested on an outstanding felony warrant out of Yakima County for failing to register as a sex offender. Miner was booked into Pacific County Jail for the warrant. Bail is set at 10,000.00.

Level 1 Registered Sex Offender upgraded to Level 2 after harassing Hoquiam neighbors

A Level 1 Registered Sex Offender who repeatedly harassed his elderly neighbor, and attempted to panhandle from other Hoquiam neighbors, has been upgraded to a Level 2. Detective Sgt Shane Krohn tells us As a Level 2 offender, 52 year old Christoper Grim was classified as likely to re-offend, his neighbors in the 700 Block Polk Street will also receive notification of Grim pursuant to RCW 4.24.550.

Krohn said currently there are over 19000 sex or kidnapping offenders who have registered (since 02/28/90) and are living in Washington State. Approximately 400 of these are registered to Grays Harbor County addresses. Approximately 50 are registered to addresses within the city limits of Hoquiam.

Questions: Contact the Hoquiam Police Department Investigations Division at 532-0892 ext 102.

700 Block Polk Street, Hoquiam  LEVEL II; CONVICTED 05/1995, Sex Abuse 2nd Degree, Marion County, Oregon Court Cause # 93C20564.
700 Block Polk Street, Hoquiam
LEVEL II; CONVICTED 05/1995, Sex Abuse 2nd Degree, Marion County, Oregon Court Cause # 93C20564.

 

Level 1 Registered Sex Offender arrested after harrassing, and panhandling from, neighbors

A level-1 registered sex offender in Hoquiam was arrested last week after he repeatedly harassed his elderly neighbor.
Hoquiam Police Chief Jeff Myers tells us neighbors in the 1100 block of Soule Avenue reported that Christopher Grim was attempting to panhandle door-to-door.

On January 30, 2014, Detective Sergeant Krohn updated the department regarding a level one registered sex offender, Christopher Grim, who was frequently bothering his neighbors in the north end of town. Several nearby residents were concerned because Grim was attempting to panhandle several times a day at various residences.

Neighbors had learned Grim was a registered sex offender and several had come into the station over the prior days in order to verify Grim’s status and review his registration information.

Both Officer Hergert and Detective Sergeant Krohn contacted Grim to advise him to stop.

At approximately 1911 hours, Officer McCartney was dispatched to a home the 1100 block of Soule Avenue for Grim knocking on her door for the third time that day.

At approximately 1958 hours, Sergeant Salstrom contacted Grim outside his residence whereby Grim denied going to any of the neighborhood houses. Sergeant Salstrom advised Grim of the several complaints received regarding his behavior. Grim was warned if he went onto anyone’s property without permission or invitation he will be arrested for trespassing.

On January 31, 2014 at 1659 hours, Officer Pearson was advised of a trespassing complaint at the home in the 1100 block of Soule Avenue. Dispatch advised a large male subject matching Grim’s description was knocking on the door for the seventh time in two days. The resident was scared and had locked herself inside her home pending the arrival of the police.

Upon arrival, Officer Pearson located Grim standing inside the enclosed porch of the residence. Grim claimed he was looking for a friend. Officer Pearson told Grim he had been advised by several officers to stay away from the neighbors houses; Grim claimed he was not aware.

Grim was arrested for trespassing and stalking before being secured in the patrol car. Officer Pearson contacted the victim who was visibly frightened and shaking. The victim had to take some time to calm down before she could provide a written statement.

The victim related Grim first came to her door at approximately 11:00 AM on January 30th. He knocked on the door and the windows of her residence. The victim did not know Grim other than she had been told by a neighbor Grim was a registered sex offender living nearby. The victim hid in her kitchen until after several minutes of knocking, Grim walked away.

Grim came back to the residence two hours later and again knocked on the door and windows of her residence. The victim said she opened the blinds to ask him what he wanted; Grim claimed he was looking for “Linda”. The victim told Grim she was not Linda and did not know of a Linda in the area.

At approximately 7:15 PM, Grim returned and knocked on the victim’s door and windows. The victim opened the blinds and said “what do you want?”; Grim looked at her and said “oh I made the mistake again” then walked off the porch. The victim called the police, but Grim could not be located.

The victim felt so uncomfortable in her home that she packed a bag and went to her sister’s house for the night.

The victim returned home on January 31st at approximately 12:00 PM; she was afraid to unlock or open the door to her house and did not even open the door to let the dog outside. Approximately an hour and a half later, the victim saw Grim walk past her house; she thought it was odd since she had just returned home.

At approximately 4:40 PM, Grim came to the door again and started knocking. The victim said she was afraid for her life so she hid in the corner of her front room hoping Grim could not see her. Grim stayed on the porch for several minutes then finally walked away. After Grim left, the victim was able to get to the phone and call 911. She later saw Grim walk past her kitchen window where he looked directly at her before walking back around the house and into the enclosed porch (where he was subsequently arrested by Officer Pearson).

In addition to the new charges, the department will be reviewing the registration status of Grim to determine if his sex offender level should be aggravated to allow additional community notifications.

Trespasser Arrested, Non-Registered Sex Offender Booked

Raymond, WA- A trespassing arrest this week revealed a non-registered sex offender in Pacific County. Chief Criminal Deputy Pat Matlock tells us around 11:30 Wednesday morning a woman reported an unknown man on her property off of State Route 101 in the Butte Creek area. Investigators found a man matching the description at a neighboring house and placed him under arrest. After the man was identified as 35 year old Tyran L. Ward, Deputies discovered the man had two outstanding misdemeanor warrants for his arrest and an outstanding felony warrant for his arrest because he failed to register as a sex offender in Cowlitz County. Ward was booked into Pacific County Jail for the warrants as well as Trespassing, Possession of a Dangerous Weapon and for Making a False Statement to a Public Servant.

Sexually Violent Predator to be Released in Shelton Without Conditions

The State of Washington defines a sexually violent predator as “any person who has been convicted of or charged with a crime of sexual violence and who suffers from a mental abnormality or personality disorder which makes the person likely to engage in predatory acts of sexual violence if not confined in a secure facility.”

 

 Gary Cherry, 50

Cherry has been convicted of three separate sex offenses; The first conviction was in 1979 for Rape 2nd degree in Grays Harbor County. In that incident Cherry befriended a barmaid, received a ride from her then misdirected her to a remote location where he subsequently forcibly raped her multiple times. The second conviction was indecent liberties with forcible compulsion, in Grays Harbor County. Cherry met a 19 year old female with her 7 month old child at a fishing pond and again befriended her. After about 30 minutes of conversation, he grabbed her, pulled her out of her vehicle, and while making threats, attempted to rape her. The victim was able to fight back and fend off the attack. Cherry apologized and asked her not to tell the police. At the time of this attack Cherry was on parole for the rape 2nd degree.  The third conviction was rape 2nd degree, Mason County in 1990. Cherry met a 21 year old female at a café where they played darts until 1:30 am. Under the guise of providing the victim a ride to her house, Cherry instead took her to a remote location and raped her multiple times and physically assaulted her. Cherry has made admissions to raping 18 other female victims but has never been charged or convicted of any of those incidents.
 
Cherry’s petition will be coming before the court as an agreed order between the State of Washington and Mr. Cherry through their respective attorneys making Cherry’s unconditional release likely.
 
Cherry has the distinction of being one of only about 300 sexually violent predators in the State of Washington. Cherry will be the first to actually successfully graduate from the program. Two other offenders have been released from the program but not with the support of the SCC. 
 
Mr. Cherry currently lives in the City of Shelton, but is very closely monitored by a Community Corrections Officer from the Department of Corrections. Mr. Cherry is restricted from being at large alone in the community. That means he has to have a chaperone wherever he goes. Cherry has to prepare a two week schedule in advance and get approval for his schedule through the transition team. Further, he has to participate in sexual offender and other psychological treatment. Mr. Cherry is to have no intentional direct contact with any minor children. Mr. Cherry cannot enter any public restroom without first having it checked for the presence of any minor children. He must attend at least one twelve step meeting per week. Mr. Cherry cannot drive a motor vehicle or possess a drivers license without permission nor can he have access to the internet and he must maintain a phone log. Additionally, Mr. Cherry is required to submit to periodic polygraph tests and most importantly must wear a GPS receiver that records his travel. Other conditions and restrictions are imposed on Cherry. All of these conditions have certainly been a factor in Mr. Cherry’s apparent compliance throughout his last six years in the community. When Mr. Cherry is unconditionally released, all of these restrictions will be lifted and there will be no monitoring. The exception will be that under state law, Cherry will have to continue to register with the Sheriff’s Office as a registered sex offender. Since Mr. Cherry will be a level III sex offender, he will be required to verify his address every 90 days. Level III sex offenders are offenders that are a high risk to re-offend.
 
The Department of Social and Health Services, who operates the Special Commitment Center at McNeil Island, is highly invested in Cherry’s success in this program. As of 2008, the department had about 1.2 million dollars invested in his treatment. Additionally, the Special Commitment Center has been dogged with accusations of having no graduates and, as a result, was under the supervision of the Federal District Court for 13 years. In 2008, Brian Judd, an Olympia therapist who worked with Cherry 2004 and has a close relationship with DSHS, told the Seattle Times “sexual deviancy can be managed the same way an alcoholic abstains from booze.” Though Judd declined to speak specifically about Cherry, he said SCC residents like him know "they simply cannot fail."
 
Sheriff Casey Salisbury responded to Judd’s comment by saying “Sadly when a rapist falls off the wagon people are assaulted, scarred for life, or killed. I don’t believe it’s the same thing.”
 
In 2008, officials at the Special Commitment Center admitted to the Seattle Times since no one has been unconditionally released with SCC approval they have no way of predicting Cherry’s chance of re-offending. However, a study of 135 other sex offenders in Washington — men who were seriously considered for the SCC but ultimately not sent there — found that half of them committed another felony within six years and twenty-three percent of the 135 were convicted of a new sex crime.
 
“Those are not comforting statistics” said Sheriff Casey Salisbury. Mr. Cherry has done well under supervision, but I believe his unconditional release will present a significant public safety problem in our community and is irresponsible.”
 
Examination of the Mason County Superior Court file for Mr. Cherry reveals some particularly disturbing information. The file contains a report from Dr. Harry M. Hoberman, a licensed psychologist located in Wayzata, Minnesota, dated September 11, 2008. That report was commissioned by the Department of Social and Health Services. In the 99 page report, Hoberman made some rather disturbing comments that call into question the department’s stand that Cherry no longer meets the definition of a sexually violent predator and should be unconditionally released.
 
For example on page 99 of the report Dr. Hoberman concludes “Relative to Mr. Cherry’s status, in the interest of public protection, it is this evaluator’s opinion that Mr. Cherry should remain on conditional release indefinitely. Community safety is and would continue to be well served with similar types of conditions that are currently placed on Mr. Cherry.” Regrettably, since that report was written by Dr. Hoberman, the department appears to have expended considerable resources to discredit Dr. Hoberman’s report through Dr. James Manley and Dr. Brian Judd.
 
Dr. Hoberman’s report is replete with disturbing comments about Cherry’s probability of re-offending and DSHS’s intent to rush him through the program. On page 97 of the report Dr. Hoberman says “Mr. Cherry appears to have rushed through 2-3 years of primary residential SOT, with an apparent goal of being the first person to obtain community release. Several problems that were identified as part of his inpatient treatment were not resolved at the time of conditional release.” On the same page Dr. Hoberman also says “It should also be noted that Mr. Cherry’s characteristics of both deviant sexual interests (e.g. violent rape) and pyschopathy represent the “dynamic duo” of sexual offending and indicated that he would be characterized by a particularly high risk of future sexual offending.”
 
Sheriff Salisbury said “It is a shame when a state agency redefines the success of a program and places that success ahead of public safety. Clearly Mr. Cherry’s unconditional release is not in the best interest of our community.”