The Aberdeen Police Department is releasing the following 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 01kidnapping offenders release when the release of information will enhance public safety and protection.

The individual who appears on this notification has 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.

This sex or kidnapping offender has served the sentence imposed on him/her by the courts and has advised the Grays Harbor County Sheriff’s Office that he will be living at the listed location.  HE/SHE IS NOT WANTED BY THE POLICE AT THIS TIME.  THIS NOTIFICATION IS NOT INTENDED TO INCREASE FEAR; RATHER, IT IS OUR BELIEF THAT AN INFORMED PUBLIC IS A SAFER PUBLIC.

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

Sex and kidnapping offenders have always lived in our communities; but it wasn’t until passage of the Community Protection Act of 1990 (which mandates sex and kidnapping offender registration) that law enforcement even knew where they were living.  In many cases, law enforcement is now able to share that information with you.  Citizen abuse of this information to threaten, intimidate, or harass registered sex or kidnapping offenders will not be tolerated.  Further, such abuse could potentially end law enforcement’s ability to do community notifications.  We believe the only person who wins if community notification ends is the sex or kidnapping offender, since they derive their power through secrecy.


Richard Allen Broten DOB:02-17-65 AGE:53
900 Block of W Heron Street



Richard A. Broten was convicted in 1990 of Rape of a Child First Degree in Grays Harbor Superior Court.


Broten has been classified as a Level 3 Sex Offender with a high risk to re-offend.



Additional sex or kidnapping offender information:  As of the date of this bulletin, 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. 150 are registered to addresses within the city limits of Aberdeen.

For more details on registered sex offenders living in our area, visit the Grays Harbor County Sheriff’s Office website: