Category Archives: sex offender issues

Sex Offender’s Arrival Causes Scare

A level 3 sex offender’s entrance into the Lake Cushman and Hoodsport community has generated a lot of concern.

So much in fact that the Mason County Sheriff’s Office has called for a formal meeting to discuss Bryant E. Freeman, 32, (pictured) who has registered at an address in the 100 block of North Quinault Place.

I asked Detective William Adam why the sheriff’s office was calling for such a meeting, to be held from 1-3 p.m. March 21 at the Mason County Fire District 18 station at 240 N. Standstill Drive. Was it because he’d been called by residents wanting to know more about this situation?

“Boy, that is an understatement,” he wrote me via email. “I have been inundated with people all over the Lake Cushman/Hoodsport area about this new (sex offender). I have even been contacted by the offices of State Legislators and Senators, saying that their constituents are bombarding their offices with complaints that this (sex offender) is in their neighborhood.”

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Cops Make Plans for Sex Offenders on Halloween

Maryland’s 1,200 sex offenders got a letter and a sign in the mail recently, according to a story in the Washington Times.

“Halloween provides a rare opportunity for you to demonstrate to your neighbors that you are making a sincere effort to change the direction of your life,” the letter says.

The sign with the letter has a rather scary-looking pumpkin on it, with the phrase: “No Candy at this Residence,” also on it.

The intermingling of children with so many of their neighbors already has parents on alert Oct. 31. A threat of sex offenders — both real and perceived — adds to that anxiety.

So in Maryland, such offenders are asked to keep their lights off and stay inside, or face probation violations.

And Maryland’s not alone.
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There’s a New Sheriff’s Office Traffic Unit in Town

Traffic offenders beware Following its inheritance of traffic investigations on all 800 miles of its county roads, the Mason County Sheriff’s Office has responded by establishing a traffic unit.

Led by Sgt. Brad Mandeville (whose brother Cam is a lieutenant with the Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office, by the way), the 6-man unit is capable of conducting all crash investigations, as well as provide an enforcement presence in the mostly rural county, where open roads and high speeds can have deadly consequences.

The sheriff’s office says Mason County  — which lost help from the Washington State Patro in conducting investigations on county roads in July — had the fourth highest rate of drunken driving fatality crashes per capita between 1993 and 2003.

Here’s more on the topic from the sheriff’s office:

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GPS Coming Soon to a Sex Offender Near You

Starting today, Washington’s level 3 sex offenders will now be hooked up with GPS locators for their first month outside of prison, according to Department of Corrections spokesman Chad Lewis.

Corrections officials began using the monitoring devices in Sept. 2007, following Gov. Chris Gregoire’s recommendation to do so. Gregoire’s opinion was based on findings by a task force headed by our own Kitsap County Prosecutor, Russ Hauge.
“We only expand programs that we believe help improve public safety,” Department of Corrections Secretary Eldon Vail said in Lewis’ press release. “These GPS locators give our officers another tool to supervise the highest-risk sex offenders.”

After 30 days, some level 3 offenders will have to continue to wear locators. Those offenders either:

  • lack stable housing;
  • lack steady employment;
  • have failed to comply with mandatory programs, such as chemical dependency, mental-health treatment, sexual deviancy counseling.

More from Lewis:

“As of Sept. 12, all 89 sex offenders who met the criteria for the locators were wearing them. More than 200 offenders have either worn locators or are still wearing one. State statutes only allow DOC to place locators on sex offenders who were sentenced after July 1, 2000.

The expansion is expected to more than double the current number of GPS locators being used.

“We’ve found that the first 30 days is the period when an offender is most likely to violate his or her supervision,” Program Administrator Anmarie Aylward said. “They’re just returning to their community and it takes time for them to find a stable environment. That’s the period when they need the most enhanced supervision.”’

Vail says the electronic-monitoring system, which includes tracking computers at local DOC offices, is labor intensive but has been a valuable addition.

“No single piece of equipment can guarantee an offender won’t commit a new crime,” Vail said. “But GPS locators provide our officers with valuable information.”

In other DOC news, the prison system has recently recalled all its inmates they’d outsourced to private prisons in Arizona.