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Keeping our Community Safe and Sex Offenders

Why Does KCSARC Talk About Sex Offenders?

Preventing sexual violence is at the core of KCSARC’s mission. As an agency, we ultimately want to eliminate sexual assault and ensure the freedom to live without fear. KCSARC has been at the forefront in working with a multidisciplinary team of law enforcement, treatment, faith communities, victim advocacy, juvenile rehabilitation, and housing providers to address community safety issues that emerge when sex offenders relocate in a community.

Information about Sex Offenders 
What to Watch For: Grooming Behaviors
Special Sex Offender Sentencing

Where Can I Find Information About Sex Offenders in my Community?

Some cities have Sex Offender information listed on their city websites. Call your local city hall or police department to find out where they post information about sex offenders.

  • Washington State Offender Watch (link)

  • National Sex Offender Public Registry (link)

  • Health Profession Quality Assurance (link) (This is a list of licensed health practitioners and includes anyone who has had license suspended or revoked due to sex offense, including level 1.)

Sex Offender Management System Maps:

What to Watch for: Grooming behaviors of a Sex Offender

Over and over again, children who have been sexually abused report that their abuser used some or all of the following techniques and behaviors. While it is not necessarily true that the presence of these signs absolutely indicates sexual abuse has occurred, it may warrant further investigation on the part of the adult in that child’s life. While this list is not comprehensive, it gives you an idea of how offenders think and behave. These warning signs may be alert you that a child is being sexually exploited, or is being groomed:

  • Treating them differently from other kids, telling them how special they are

  • Wanting to spend time alone with the child, making excuses to go places alone or have others leave

  • Asking the child to do things that involve physical contact such as backrubs, wrestling, massages (or doing those things to the child)

  • Rubbing or touching the child's private parts and then saying it was an accident

  • Looking at or touching the child's body and saying it is an inspection to see how they are developing

  • Rubbing lotion or ointment on the child when no one else is around or when nothing is wrong

  • Going into the child's room when they are undressed or going into the bathroom when the child is in there, and saying it was an accident

  • Not respecting the child's privacy--entering their room without knocking, not allowing the child to close bedroom or bathroom doors

  • Teaching sex education by showing the child pornographic pictures, showing his body or touching the child's body

  • Saying sexual things to the child about their body and how they look

  • Talking to the child about sexual things he has done

  • Telling the child private things about the child's mother

  • Telling the child that he/she is special, the only person who understands him

  • Treating the child like an adult, while acting like a kid

  • Giving the child special privileges or favors and making the child feel obligated

  • Not letting the child have friends or do things that other kids the same age do

  • Going into the child's room at night or arranging for the child to stay over

  • Letting his robe open or walking around naked "accidentally"

  • Insist that the child not tell anyone

  • Taking the child's side in family conflicts to gain the child's trust & create division in the family

  • Isolating the child from friends and family

Special Sex Offender Sentencing Alternative (SSOSA)

SSOSA is a sentencing alternative that gives sex offenders an opportunity to serve all or part of their sentence out of custody while participating in a sexual-deviancy treatment program.

Eligibility
In order to be eligible for a SSOSA a defendant must meet certain conditions, including:

  • Have no prior convictions of a felony sex offense.

  • Have no adult convictions of a violent offense within the past 5 years.

  • Plead guilty to the current crime(s).

  • Have a prior relationship with the victim (aside from the sexual assault.)

  • Be facing a sentence of no more than 132 months in custody.

  • Be employed or have financial resources.

  • Be safe to be in the community.

  • Get an evaluation by a certified treatment provider.

The provider will then determine if the defendant qualifies for treatment. As part of the evaluation, defendants must accept responsibility for the act(s), be motivated to change their behavior to minimize the risk to re-offend, and agree to have no contact with the victim(s).

The evaluation process can take several weeks to a few months. When the evaluation has been completed, the defense attorney will send a copy to the prosecutor. Victims may ask to meet with the prosecutor to discuss the evaluation and the prosecutor's position on the sentence.

At a sentencing hearing, the defense and prosecution can present arguments to support or oppose SSOSA. Victims and their families have a right to address the judge regarding what they would like to see happen. The judge makes the final decision about whether or not a defendant is granted SSOSA. The judge is required to take the victim's position on SSOSA into consideration.

If SSOSA is Granted
If a judge grants SSOSA for a defendant, he/she has the following guidelines:

  • Judge can order up to 5 years in treatment and up to 12 months in jail.

  • Judge sets yearly review hearings for the defendant.

  • Defendant's sentence is suspended-if the defendant does not comply with the treatment program, a judge can order him/her to serve the original jail or prison sentence.

  • Judge must give written findings if the court grants SSOSA over the victim's objection.

SSOSA Standards for Treatment
Each treatment plan is individualized to meet the needs of each defendant. In general, defendants in a SSOSA program will be involved in the following:

  • Individual and group counseling and other treatment methods as deemed appropriate.

  • Inclusion of defendant's family in the treatment process when appropriate.

  • Monitoring of treatment requirements.

If you are the victim of a sexual assault, you have the right to be included in the process of deciding if a defendant is granted SSOSA. You can work with your legal advocate to set up meetings with the prosecutor and to address the judge at the sentencing hearing.

 

RESOURCES

Community Safety Presentation Flyer (pdf)
King County Sheriff's Office 2012 Registered Sex Offender Registration Notification (pdf)
CSOM Facts Lawmakers Should Know About Adult and Juvenile Offenders (doc) (pdf)
Frequently Asked Questions About Sex Offender Notification (doc) (pdf)
Frequently Asked Questions About Sex Offenders (doc) (pdf)
Juveniles Who Have Sexually Offended - Information Packet (doc) (pdf)
Promoting Prevention (doc) (pdf)
Begin the Conversation with Children About Sexual Assault - Renton Reporter (doc) (pdf)
Rules for Sex Offenders with DOC Community Supervision (doc) (pdf)
Suggestions for Safe Interactions (doc) (pdf)

KCSARC also has many additional resources on talking with children and keeping communities safe on our Resources page. Look for the resources that are marked with an asterisk.

Power Point Presentations:
ATSA - The Team Approach (ppt) (pdf)
Making our Work Count (ppt) (pdf)
The Team Approach for Housing Providers (ppt) (pdf)
The Team Approach for Professionals (ppt) (pdf)
The Team Approach with a Victim-Centered Approach (ppt) (pdf)