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Sex Offender Info
Sex offenders have always lived in our communities. However, it wasn’t until passage of the Community Protection Act of 1990 (which mandates sex offender registration) that law enforcement agencies routinely tracked where sex offenders were living.
The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office is releasing information on registered sex offenders in Lincoln County in accordance with the Community Protection Act of 1990 and related statutes. This information is not intended to create alarm or panic. Our intent is to inform our citizens and to enhance community safety and awareness.
These individuals have served the sentence imposed by the courts and in compliance with the Community Protection Act, have advised the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office that they will be living in Lincoln County. Please note that these individuals are not wanted by the police at this time. In addition, because there are no court ordered restrictions about their residences, the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office has no legal authority to direct where a sex offender may or may not live.
Citizen abuse of this information to threaten, intimidate or harass registered sex offenders will not be tolerated. In fact, such abuse could end law enforcement’s ability to notify the public. The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office believes the only person who wins if community notification ends is the sex offender, since sex offenders gain their power through secrecy.
What information can I get?
The State of Washington has strict laws that govern the information that can be disclosed about registered sex offenders depending on classification level. For Level 3 offenders, law enforcement agencies may disclose relevant, necessary and accurate information to the public at large, i.e. name, address, age, physical description, conviction history, and current restrictions. For Level 2 offenders, the same information may be disclosed to neighbors and community groups near the offender’s residence, and to schools, day care providers and businesses that serve primarily children, women or vulnerable adults. Level 1 offender information is not disclosed to the public. However, if you have a question regarding a specific individual, you can contact the Sheriff’s Office, and limited information may be released to you.
How can I get this information?
What are the different sex offender levels and what do they mean.
The vast majority of registered sex offenders are classified as Level 1 offenders. They are considered at low risk to re-offend. These individuals may be first time offenders and they usually know their victims.
Level 2 offenders have a moderate risk of re-offending. They generally have more than one victim and the abuse may be long term. These offenders usually groom their victims and may use threats to commit their crimes. These crimes may be predatory with the offender using a position of trust to commit their crimes. Typically these individuals do not appreciate the damage they have done to their victims.
Level 3 offenders are considered to have a high risk to re-offend. They usually have one or more victims and may have committed prior crimes of violence. They may not know their victim(s). The crime may show a manifest cruelty to the victim(s) and these offenders usually deny or minimize the crime. These offenders commonly have clear indications of a personality disorder.
The sex offender level is determined by the law enforcement agency in which the sex offender resides. The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office is not responsible for the sex offender rating completed by another law enforcement agency. Any questions regarding a sex offender’s level should be directed to the law enforcement agency in which the offender resides.