Skagit County Sheriff
"Committed To Your Safety"
Sex Offender and Kidnapping Offender List Legal Information
THESE PEOPLE ARE NOT WANTED BY THE POLICE AT THIS TIME. THIS NOTIFICATION IS NOT INTENDED TO INCREASE FEAR; RATHER, IT IS OUR BELIEF THAT AN INFORMED PUBLIC IS A SAFER PUBLIC.
Citizen abuse of this information to threaten, intimidate or harass registered sex or kidnap offenders is a punishable offense and will also result in the removal of this online resource. 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 or kidnap offender, since they derive their power through secrecy.
RCW 4.24.550 and the Washington State Supreme Court decision in State v. Ward, authorizes law enforcement agencies to inform the public of a sex or kidnap offenders presence when; in the discretion of the agency, the release of information will enhance public safety and protection.
The individuals who appear on this web site have been convicted
of a sex or kidnapping offense(s) that require registration with the Sheriff's Office in the
County of their residence. Further, their previous criminal history reflects
the potential to re-offend.
Law Enforcement has no legal authority to direct where a sex or kidnap offender may or may not live. Unless court ordered restrictions exist, this offender is Constitutionally free to live wherever he chooses.
Sex and kidnap offenders have always lived in our communities; but it wasn't until passage of the Community Protection Act of 1990 (which 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.