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WA: Yakima County judge blocks release of sex offender information

YAKIMA, Wash. — A Yakima County judge has blocked the release of names and addresses of low-level sex offenders to a Mesa woman who wants to post the information on a website.

Ruling Friday, Superior Court Judge Blaine Gibson permanently blocked Donna Zink’s request for low-level sex-offender registration forms from the Yakima County Sheriff’s Office. The move had been sought by 22 low-level offenders who said releasing the information would subject them to public scorn and threaten their safety. The ruling covered all low-level offenders who comply with state law, such as registering with authorities, and have permanent addresses. …

“The Supreme Court recognizes that the mere declaration that someone is a sex offender is harmful to the person,” Gibson said. “Even if your neighbor next door has been a good neighbor for 10 years, when you learn that they were a sex offender 20 years ago, it affects how you deal with them.” Full Article

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This is so very true. We have been shunned by neighbors for the past 7.5 years even though they see us as just another family, just trying to make a better life for ourselves and our children. I am happy to see that they see it is very harmful to the person as well as family members. And just what was she going to gain by posting it on a website…one day it just might happen to her child. So wish that site was never made public. And in CA it doesn’t tell when the offense happened..my husbands was in… Read more »

The only way any offenders information SHOULD be public is by controlled access through a local sheriff’s department. That way sign-in information from the public can be referenced it someone elects to go into a registrants home and murder all the occupancy (which has happened). Otherwise (as we have it now) it is a tool of harm against citizens that have paid their debt to society having gone through the grinder of probation, therapy and time served. The registry by it’s nature is a Living Death, it is Evil and it is Wrong. The registrant is today’s new whipping boy… Read more »

Well said!

I don’t know what she thought she was going to accomplish by doing all this, but I am glad that everything turned out all right. If she was to have published this information onto a website it would have done more harm than good. A lot of low level SO’s are children, or people who committed their offence when they were a child. Most people don’t realize that fact. Some of them aren’t, or weren’t, children at the time of the offence. This doesn’t excuse the crimes they committed. I know a lot of low level Sex offenders and all… Read more »

Its sort of strange that a county level judge can see that the registration is harmful.. wonder if this is going to go upward..

Equal protection would apply to all…that “public scorn and threatened safety” would apply to all registered.

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