Des Moines Level III RSO Bulletin
The Des Moines Police Department is releasing the following information pursuant to RCW 4.24.550 and the Washington State Supreme Court decision in State v. Ward, which authorizes law enforcement agencies to inform the public of a sex offenders release when; in the discretion of the agency, the release of information will enhance public safety and protection.
The individual who appears on this notification has been convicted of a sex offense that requires registration with the sheriff’s office in the county which they reside. Further, their previous criminal history places them in a classification level which reflects the potential to re-offend.
The sex offender has served the sentence imposed on him/her by the courts and has advised King County Sheriff’s Office that he will be living within the city limits of Des Moines. He/she is not wanted by the police. This notification is not intended to create fear but simply to inform the public of the individuals release.
The Des Moines Police Department has no legal authority to direct where a sex offender may or may not live.
Unless court ordered restrictions exist, this offender is constitutionally free to live wherever he/she chooses.
Sex offenders have always lived in our communities; but it wasn't until passage of the Community Protection Act of 1990 that mandates sex 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 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 offender, since sex offenders derive their power through secrecy