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OffenderWatch® Program

The San Juan County Sheriff's Office is pleased to participate in the OffenderWatch® program. The OffenderWatch® database is updated  throughout the day as offender addresses and other offender information is updated in our office. Click the OffenderWatch® emblem to access  real-time information on the publishable offenders within the specified radius of the address you enter.

Sex Offender Registration

The 1990 Community Protection Act was enacted to give adequate notice to the communities of Washington State concerning sex offenders who are, or will be, residing in their community. Sex offenders have always lived in our communities, but it was not until the passing of this act that law enforcement was even made aware of where they were living. In many cases law enforcement is now able to share that information with the public. This notification is designed to assist community members in developing constructive plans to prepare themselves and their children in living near released, convicted sex offenders. The San Juan County Sheriff's Office does not have the ability to direct where a sex offender chooses to live or work.

As of this date, there are over 12,000 sex offenders in Washington State. San Juan County has 26 offenders at the lowest risk level and 5 are classified as Intermediate risks (see links below for descriptions of the risk levels). State wide there are over 2600 unregistered offenders being actively pursued by law enforcement.

Citizen abuse of this information to threaten, intimidate or harass sex offenders will not be tolerated. Such abuse could potentially end our current ability to release this important information to the public and may result in the prosecution of the citizen committing the offense. These registered sex offenders ARE NOT wanted persons.

This notification is not intended to increase fear. It is our belief that an informed public is a safer public. We believe the only person who wins if community notification ends is the sex offender, since sex offenders derive their power through secrecy.

 



LEVEL 1 Notification Guidelines

Washington State law strictly limits public disclosure of all Level 1 registered sex offender information. Information concerning this level of registration shall be shared with other law enforcement agencies, and upon request, relevant, necessary and accurate information may be disclosed to any victim or witness to the offense AND to any community member who lives near the residence where the offender resides, expects to reside, or is regularly found. Level 1 sex offenders MAY NOT be subject to general public notification. Level 1 sex offenders meet most, if not all, the following criteria and are considered a LOW RISK to the community.

  • Offense is non-violent
  • Offense commited in a family setting
  • Offender has completed a treatment program
  • Overall the offender is a low risk to the general public

LEVEL 1 Sex Offenders

There are currently eighteen (18) Level 1 offenders in San Juan County. You may contact the Sheriff's Office directly at 96 N Second St in Friday Harbor, or telephone 360-378-4151, to receive specific information about one of these individuals, if you meet the criteria listed in the Level 1 Notification Guidelines.


LEVEL 2 Notification Guidelines

Washington State law prohibits the public disclosure of Level 2 registered sex offender information except under specfic criteria. Level 2 notifications are made to public and private schools, child day care centers, family day care providers; businesses and organizations that serve primarily children, women, or vulnerable adults; and neighbors and community groups near where the offender resides, expects to reside, or is regularly found. Level 2 offenders MAY NOT be subject to a general public notification. Level 2 registered sex offenders are considered to be an intermediate or moderate risk for re-offending in the community and they meet most, if not all, of the following criteria:

  • Offense occurred outside the family setting
  • Victim is not a blood relative
  • Offender may or may not have successfully completed a treatment program
  • Multiple offenses
  • Offender poses a risk to the general community residing in the immediate area of the offender
  • Offender has predatory tendencies in that they involve themselves with families or communities where there are opportunities to seek out and groom victims.

LEVEL 2 Sex Offenders

There is currently one (1) Level 2 offender in San Juan County. You may contact the Sheriff's Office directly at 96 N Second St in Friday Harbor, or telephone 360-378-4151, to receive specific information about this individual, if you meet the criteria listed in the Level 2 Notification Guidelines.


LEVEL 3 Notification Guidelines

Washington State law requires that the general public be notified of information on Level 3 registered sex offenders. Information must be relevant, accurate and necessary in it's detail. Level 3 offenders are considered to be a HIGH RISK to re-offend in the community and meet most, if not all, of the following criteria:

  • Offender exhibits predatory tendencies as defined by RCW 71.09.020
  • Criminal history of repeated sexual offenses, or other acts that include violence
  • Offender has NOT completed a treatment program
  • Sex offenses directed toward strangers and/or the general public
  • Offender expresses intention and/or desire to continue committing offenses
  • Offender diagnosed as a sexual predator by mental health professional
  • Offenses have been directed toward individuals with whom the relationship has been established or promoted for the primary purpose of victimization.

Level 3 Sex Offenders

There is currently one Level 3 offender in San Juan County.