Law enforcement warns of sex offenders in local neighborhoods

Published on Thu, Jun 13, 2002
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Law enforcement warns of sex offenders in local neighborhoods

Blaine police are holding a public meeting next week to warn the community about a convicted sex offender who is moving into the 1300 block of Peace Portal Drive.

Blaine police officer Debra Hertz said the public notification process was wasn’t intended to create a fearful atmosphere. “Everyone is safer if they’re informed,” she said. The informational meeting on June 19 at the senior center at 7 p.m. will identify the individual and share safety information.

The convicted individual has served his sentence for a 1991 conviction on charges of lewd and lascivious acts with a child after he repeatedly molested the 7-year-old daughter of a friend, who he babysat. Based on his unwillingness to undergo clinical assessment, a lengthy criminal history and the nature of his previous assault on a child, the police feel he has the potential to reoffend.

Sex and kidnapping offenders have been required to register with law enforcement where they live since 1990. There are 12 sex offenders who are registered to addresses in the Blaine area.

The Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office has released information about a convicted sex offender who has recently relocated to the Birch Bay area. The 46-year-old man was released from prison in 1994 after serving eight years for sexually assaulting two girls and three boys, aged 3 to 7-years-old, whom he lured into the woods with candy and toys. Now living in the 5000 block of Alder Street in Birch Bay, he is considered by law enforcement as a high risk to reoffend.

Coincidentally another sex offender, classified as moderate-risk because he has participated in treatment programs, registered at an address a block away on Fir Street a month earlier.

Additional information about sex offenders required to register with county law enforcement is available through the sheriff’s office crime prevention unit. They will also provide concerned community members with safety information and set up block watch programmed. Contact the office at 384-5360 of 676-6650 extension 50415.

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