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Level 3 sex offender moves to Valley

A sex offender recently released from prison for the unlawful imprisonment and robbery of a 16-year-old is now living in Spokane Valley.

Joseph R. Wheeler, 34, is a level 3 sex offender, which is the classification considered most likely to reoffend.

He served about eight years in prison after being convicted of first-degree robbery, second-degree assault, unlawful imprisonment, harassment in April 2004, according to court records. He was credited for about 1 1/2 years spent in the county jail before he was convicted. Wheeler's victim was a stranger.

Wheeler is being supervised by the Washington Department of Corrections but is not wanted by authorities. However, the Spokane County Sheriff's Office wants people to be aware of his presence.

Wheeler is living in the 1300 block of South Robie Road, which is a few blocks from Opportunity Elementary School.

The Spokane County Sex Offender Registry is available here. Anyone with questions about the sex offender community awareness program is asked to call (509) 477-6609 or email RSOUnit@spokanesheriff.org.

Rapist registers as Spokane transient

A sex offender considered likely to reoffend has registered as a transient in Spokane County.

 Harold David Werstein, 48, spent nearly 18 years in prison for raping a 13-year-old girl. He was convicted of first-degree rape in Lewis County in 1990. His victim was a stranger.

Werstein is no longer under supervision by the Washington Department of Corrections, but he's required to check in with authorities once a week so long as he doesn't have a permanent address.

Werstein is a level 3 sex offender, which is the classification considered most likely to reoffend.

He is not wanted by authorities, but the Spokane County Sheriff's Office wants people to be aware of his presence.

Spokane County's sex offender registry is available here.

Child rapist registers as local transient

A sex offender considered likely to reoffend has registered as a transient in Spokane County.

Christopher Michael Foster, 27, was convicted by a jury of four counts of third-degree child rape in 2005 for having sex with a 14-year-old girl who he met after she ran away from home.

He was sentenced to five years in prison and never admitted the crimes.

Foster also was convicted of first-degree child molestation in Pend Oreille County in 1998. His victim was a 6-year-old girl.

Foster, a level 3 sex offender, is no longer being supervised by the Washington Department of Corrections, but he's required to check in with authorities once a week because he doesn't have a permanent address.

Spokane County's sex offender registry is available here.

Rapist registers as transient in Spokane

A convicted rapist considered likely to reoffend has registered as a transient in Spokane County.

Douglas James Dennis, 44, served 10 years in prison after being convicted in March 1985 of kidnapping and raping a 17-year-old girl.

Dennis is required to check in with authorities once a week because he is not registered at a permanent address.

Dennis is a level 3 sex offender, which is the classification considered most likely to reoffend.

He is not wanted by authorities, but the Spokane County Sheriff's Office wants people to be aware of his presence.

Spokane County's sex offender registry is available here.

Police: Child molester living as transient

A sex offender considered likely to reoffend is living as a transient in Spokane County, the sheriff's office announced today.

Kevin Duane Musgrove, 33, was convicted of first-degree child molestation in Spokane County in 1993. His victim was a 3-year-old boy. Musgrove was sentenced to 30 months in prison.

Musgrove also has juvenile convictions for two counts of fourth-degree assault with a sexual motivation.

He is a level 3 sex offender, which is the classification considered likely to reoffend.

Musgrove is not wanted by authorities, but the sheriff's office wants the public to be aware of his presence.

Musgrove is required to check in with authorities every week because he has no permanent address.

Spokane County's sex offender registry is available here.

Detectives offer sex offender information

Here's a report from Sgt. Dave Reagan:

Recent angst regarding a suspected sex offender watching children at a Spokane Valley school has prompted the sheriff’s Sex Crimes unit to offer information that might clarify how sex offenders are monitored in Spokane County and eliminate some common misconceptions.

There are about 1,400 registered sex offenders (RSO’s) in Spokane County, a number that changes slightly day-to-day.  Tracking these offenders is a joint effort by the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office, the Spokane Police Department and the U.S. Marshals Service.  Each agency has personnel assigned to register, track and monitor each of these 1,400 RSO’s.

The sheriff’s office has three detectives, one deputy and a secretary dedicated full-time to this effort.  SPD has two full-time detectives and the marshal’s office has one full-time agent and several who work it part-time in addition to other duties.

When a suspect is convicted of a sex or kidnapping offense that mandates registration, and then is released from custody, he is required to go to the sheriff’s office and register.  The Department of Corrections (DOC) will have designated a “Level,” I, II or III – one being considered the least likely to re-offend and three being the most likely.  This “leveling” is based on a statewide standard.  If an offender comes from another state or was not confined, sheriff’s detectives assign him a level based on the same DOC standards.

All RSO’s receive regular visits at their homes by a detective or deputy to verify they are living at the address they registered.  Level I offenders are visited at least once a year, Level II at least twice and Level III at least four times.  They are visited each and every time they change their address as well.  If an offender has no home, he is registered as a transient and must report in-person weekly to the sheriff’s office.

    When an offender is sentenced, he can be released to be supervised by DOC until his sentence time as expired.  While on DOC supervision, there may be restrictions set by the Community Corrections Officer restricting his or her freedom to live or work in certain places – schools or daycares, for instance.  If an offender has completed his sentence and is no longer on supervision, he is free to live and work anywhere he wants – there are no legal restrictions.

In some rare instances, the court may note that an offender is a “Sexually Violent Predator” and will restrict where he can live – not within 880 feet of a school, for instance.  Without this court designation, offenders are free to live anywhere they choose.

If an offender fails to comply with his registration requirements, a detective will write a warrant request for him.  Regardless of where the offender is found in the United States, he will be brought back to Spokane County for prosecution.

Members of the sex offender units go online daily to search for predators and users/makers of child pornography.  These cases are aggressively investigated, and when possible, search warrants are written and executed for the perpetrators.

The sheriff’s office will notify schools when offenders tell us they will be attending or working there.  Schools have the responsibility to notify certain members of their staff.  However, this only applies when the offender attends or works in the school.  Schools are not required to notify students, parents or neighbors if the offender merely lives nearby.

When a sex offender registers, his or her name is entered into a statewide law enforcement database with the Washington State Patrol.  The name is also entered into a sex offender database called Offender Watch which is accessible to anyone with a computer.  A person can look up his own address and the database will show all Level II and III offenders in the neighborhood.  By state law, level one offenders are exempted.

The following limited public information about an RSO may be released by law enforcement –

For Level II and III offenders, a flyer is printed and distributed to SCOPE and COPS offices where volunteers distribute them in a two block radius of the neighborhood where the offender is living.  Level III information is released to media as well.

For Level I offenders, information may only be released to the offender’s victims, witnesses and individual community members who live near the offender and who request it.

When people see known RSO’s in schools, daycares, libraries, parks and other places children might frequent, we ask that they remember that offenders have the same rights to be there as everyone else, and to be free from harassment.  However, we also welcome calls if the RSO is in any way acting suspiciously.

Sex offender registers as transient

A convicted rapist who went back to prison because he continued to communicate with young girls is now living as a transient in Spokane County.

 Joseph M. Hamilton, 33, was released from prison in January 2008 after serving time for violating his parole on a first-degree rape conviction from 1997.

His victim was a 5-year-old girl. Hamilton is a level 3 sex offender, which is the classification considered most likely to reoffend.

He is not under supervision by the Department of Corrections nor is he wanted by authorities, but the Spokane County Sheriff's Office wants people to be aware of his presence.

A registry of Spokane County sex offenders is available here.

Man in ‘94 Colville rape moves to Valley

A man who sexually assaulted a woman in front of her 4-year-old daughter in 1994 has moved to a new address in Spokane Valley.

David Robert Rickard, 50, was released from prison in 2004 after serving nine years for first-degree burglary with sexual motivation.

Rickard recently moved to a home in the 7300 block of East Seventh Avenue in Spokane Valley, the Sheriff's Office announced today.

Rickard had a history of stalking women when he broke into a Colville woman's home in July 1994 and tried to rape her. Police say Rickard had stalked the woman.

At sentencing in 1995, the victim pleaded with a judge to give Rickard a longer sentence and described how the attack terrorized her young daughter and son. The woman suffered a partially detached tongue from the attack.

Rickard is a level 3 sex offender, the classification considered most likely to reoffend. He's been convicted of domestic violence assault, violation of a protection order, money launder, drug possession and domestic violence malicious mischief since his release.

He is not under Department of Corrections supervision and is not wanted by authorities; rather, the sheriff's office wants the public to be aware of his presence.

A registry of Spokane County sex offenders is available here.

Child molester sentenced for child porn

A child molester was sentenced today to 12 years in federal prison for possession child pornography.

Donald D. Holloway, 51, of Valley, Wash., received a longer sentence because of previous conviction in Stevens County for second-degree and third-degree child molestation.

The level 3 sex offender was arrested in December 2009 after three computers containing child pornography were seized from his home 2900 block of Bakie Road in Valley, along with digital media and printed images.

Holloway was already on probation for a 2002 marijuana conviction. He also was convicted of indecent liberties in 1981.

“Repeat offenders have proven that they have no place in our neighborhoods,” Michael Ormsby, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Washington, said in a prepared statement.

The case was prosecuted under the federal Project Safe Childhood initiative.

Accordng to a news release from the U.S. Attorney's Office, the Project Safe Childhood (PSC) Initiative has five major components:

• Integrated federal, state, and local efforts to investigate and prosecute child exploitation cases, and to identify and rescue child victims

• Participation of PSC partners in coordinated national initiatives

• Increased federal enforcement in child pornography and enticement cases

• Training of federal, state, and local law enforcement agents

• Community awareness and educational programs

To report these crimes, visit www.cybertipline.com or call the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children’s hotline at 1-800-843-5678.

For more information about Project Safe Childhood, visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.

Child rapist now living in Colbert

A child rapist recently released from prison has registered at an address in Colbert.

 Devin K. Porter, 27, will be living in the 17900 block of North West Trial, the Spokane County Sheriff's Office announced today.

Porter served 12 months in custody for third-degree rape of a child in February 2010 after being sentenced to 18 months.. His victim was a 14-year-old girl.

Porter is a level 3 sex offender, the classification considered most likely to reoffend. He is being supervised by the state Department of Corrections.

Porter is not wanted by law enforcement, but the Sheriff's Office wants people to be aware of his presence.

A database of all sex offenders in Spokane County is available here.

2 child molesters register as transients

Two sex offenders considered likely to reoffend have registered as transients in Spokane County, the Sheriff's Office announced today. ,

Russell Allen Clinger, 45, (right) was released from prison in 2006 after being convicted of first-degree child molestation in 2000. His victim was a 7-year-old girl. Clinger is being supervised by the state Department of Corrections.

Christopher Michael Foster, 26, (left) was released from prison in August 2009 after serving five years for third-degree rape of a child in Spokane County. His victim was a 14-year-old runaway.

Foster also was convicted of first-degree child molestation in 1999 in Pend Oreille County and was incarcerated for two years. His victim was a 6-year-old female stranger. Foster is no longer under DOC supervision.

Clinger and Foster are level 3 sex offenders, the classification considered most likely to reoffend.

Neither is wanted by authorities, but the Sheriff's Office wants the public to be aware of their presence.

A registry of all registered sex offenders in Spokane County is available here.

‘Dangerous’ sex offender registers locally

A sex offender considered likely to reoffend has registered to live as a transient in Spokane County, officials announced today.

Harold Edward Martin, 35, was convicted of raping a relative at knife point and attacking his woman counselor during sex offender therapy, according to previously published reports.

Martin has convictions for custodial assault with sexual motivation, first-degree rape and second-degree incest. His victims were a 51-year-old woman, a 9-year-old girl and an 11-year-old girl, the Spokane County Sheriff's Office said.

He also has several convictions for failing to register as a sex offender and has lived in Post Falls as well as the Spokane area.

A Kootenai County sheriff's deputy called him “an extremely dangerous person” when he was wanted in 2005.

Martin currently is not suspected of any wrongdoing, but authorities want the public to be aware of his presence. He is a level 3 sex offender, the classification considered most likely to reoffend.

Rapist now a transient in Spokane County

A man who raped an elderly woman at knife point in 1995 is living as a transient in Spokane County, the sheriff’s office announced today.

Justin J. Stevens, 33, was released from prison in 2004 after serving 114 months in prison for first-degree rape. His victim was a 78-year-old woman.

Stevens has a history of not checking in with authorities, including a conviction in August 2008 for failing to register as a sex offender.

The sheriff’s office was looking for him in February after he failed to check in. Stevens is a level 3 sex offender - the classification considered most likely to reoffend.

Stevens is being supervised by the Department of Corrections. He is not wanted by authorities, but police want the public to be aware of his presence.

2 child rapists now living as transients

Two child rapists classified as sex offenders most likely to re-offend are living as transients in Spokane County, the Sheriff’s Office announced today.

Jeffrey R. Evans, 22, (left) was convicted of second-degree child rape in 2001 for an attack on a 12-year-old female family friend.

Evans also was convicted of indecent liberties with forcible compulsion in 2004. His victim was a 6-year-old male relative, according to the Sheriff’s Office. 

Clifford R. Sain, 30, (right) was convicted of first-degree child rape and fourth-degree assault with sexual motivation in 1993 for attacks on 7- and 8-year-old male relatives. He was released from prison in December 1998.

Both Evans and Sain are being supervised by the Department of Corrections.

They are not wanted by law enforcement, but they are level 3 sex offenders and the Sheriff’s Office wants the public to be aware of their presence.

Click here for the Spokane County sex offender database.

Police seek sex offender spotted downtown

A convicted sex offender considered likely to reoffend has disabled his GPS tracking device and was last seen in downtown Spokane last night.

  James Broady Artis III, 43, is wanted on a warrant for escape from community custody, according to the Spokane Police Department.

Artis, a level 3 sex offender, is a drug user who may be armed, police said. He was last seen in the 300 block of West Sprague last night. Artis was released from prison in August 2005 after serving three years for burglary.

He also has been convicted of second-degree assault with a deadly weapon and taking indecent liberties with a woman, whom he threatened to kill with a knife during the sexual assault, according to previously published reports.

Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to call 911.

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