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Grays Harbor County Registered Sex Offenders
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Kittitas County Sex Offender Registry
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Lewis County Level 3 Sex Offenders
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Skagit County Registered Sex Offenders
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Snohomish County Sex Offender Registry
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Stevens County Level III Sex Offenders List and Offender Lookup
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Wahkiakum County Level III Sex Offenders and Offender Lookup
Walla Walla County Registered Sex Offenders & Offender Search
Whatcom County Sex Offender Registry
Whitman County Sex Offender Lookup
Yakima County, WA Sex Offenders
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Des Moines, WA Registered Sex and Kidnapping Offenders
Kennewick Sex Offenders
Townsend Sex Offenders Registry
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Washington Sex Offenders In The News
2009 Changes to Washington's Sex Offender Registration Laws
Governor Christine Gregoire signed into law the state's first
centralized, electronic database for registered sex offenders and
kidnappers. The on-line registry is accessible not only by law
enforcement agencies, but also by the public. The system allows members
of the public to search the database for sex offenders living in their
neighborhoods by county, city, zip code, last name, type of conviction
and/or address by hundred block. People also have the option of signing
up for email notifications when a sex offender moves within a certain
proximity of their homes.
Before the centralized system, each county's sheriff's department
maintained their own database for sex offenders living in their
jurisdiction. However, the information available in each database varied
greatly. The new system will be maintained by the Washington Association
of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs (WASPC).
While the legislature passed this law with the intent to provide
information to Washington's citizens to help them protect their families
from sexual predators, the law may in fact violate the privacy rights of
those who already have served their sentences and who are trying to
rebuild their lives.
Sex Offender Classification System
The changes in Washington's sex offender registry in part are in
response to the creation of a national sex offender registry. Under the
federal Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act ("The Adam Walsh
Act"), all states are required to have a central, electronic sex
offender registry by July 27, 2009.
The Adam Walsh Act also requires states to have a uniform system for
categorizing sex offenders, which has in turn required Washington to
reclassify offenders living in the state. The classification system is
• Level 1: reserved for those least likely to become repeat offenders.
Level 1s are generally first time offenders who knew their victims. They
have completed, or are in the process of completing, a treatment
program. Level 1s are required to register for 15 years and update their
information once per year.
• Level 2: reserved for those who are moderately likely to reoffend.
Level 2s generally have more than 1 victim who they subjected to
long-term abuse. They did not complete, or refused to participate in, a
treatment program. Level 2s are required to register for 25 years and
update their information every 6 months.
• Level 3: reserved for those most likely to become repeat offenders.
Level 3s generally have more than 1 victim, whom they may or may not
have known, and are likely to have committed other crimes of violence.
Level 3s are required to register for life and update their information
once every 3 months.
Sex offenders are required to register in person with the sheriff's
office for the county they intend to live in. The level assigned to a
sex offender is determined at the time of registration by the particular
law enforcement agency.
What Information is Available?
Under Washington §4.24.550, the following information must be available
on each offender: name, address by hundred block, criminal convictions,
physical description and photograph. The names of all registered
kidnappers, Level 2 offenders and Level 3 offenders will be available on
the site, but Level 1 offenders only are listed if they have failed to
comply with the state's registration laws.
Who is Required to Register?
Washington law requires those convicted of the following crimes to
register as sex offenders with the state:
• Rape 1, 2 or 3
• Rape of a child 1, 2 or 3
• Child molestation 1, 2 or 3
• Sexual misconduct with a minor 1 or 2
• Indecent liberties
• Incest 1 or 2
• Kidnapping 1 or 2 (unless it involves a parent)
• Unlawful Imprisonment (unless it involves a parent)
• Sexual exploitation of a minor
• Dealing in depictions of minor
• Engaged in sexually explicit conduct
• Sending or bringing depictions of minor into the state
• Communication with a minor for immoral purposes
• Patronizing a juvenile prostitute
• Any federal, military, foreign or out-of-state conviction for an
offense that would have been one of the listed offenses if it had been
committed in Washington
• Any gross misdemeanor that is a criminal attempt, criminal
solicitation or criminal conspiracy to commit an offense that is
classified as a sex offense
• Any felony with a finding of sexual motivation
Impact of the Sex Offender Registry
Critics of sex offender registries have expressed concern over the
impact they have on the privacy rights of individuals and have
questioned the inherent fairness of punishing someone who has already
served their court mandated sentence. Several states have raised
questions about the constitutionality of the Adam Walsh Child Protection
and Safety Act and, to date, no states have received approval of their
programs from the federal government.
Implementing Washington's on-line database also raises important
questions. With the new classification system, offenders in the state
who were considered low level offenders may now be reclassified at a
higher level. This could mean that people who have been living
peacefully in neighborhoods for years will have their pictures sent out
to schools, community organizations and others as part of the state's
community notification requirement.
Even if offenders are not classified at higher levels, their friends,
co-workers and neighbors now will be able to search for their names
on-line and find out whether they have ever been convicted of a sex
crime. The longer registration periods mean those wishing to put a
mistake from their past behind them will have more difficulty moving on
with their lives - and, in turn, will be forced to suffer the stigma of
being a registered sex offender for greater lengths of time.
There is also a legitimate concern that the registry could be used as a
means to harass, threaten or even harm those listed in the database.
There have been cases in other states where people have used the
information in sex offender registries to do just that, or even worse.
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