Washington County does not have a sex-offender registry. Accused killer appears in court The case has renewed a longstanding debate over how best to monitor dangerous sex offenders in the community -- particularly when they are transient.
Policies vary widely from state to state, and from county to county within states, depending on resources. Oregon's sex offenders 15, Number of registered sex offenders in Oregon 1, Number in jail or prison 5, Number on supervised parole or probation, including juveniles Number of predatory sex offenders listed on Oregon's Web site , Number of times site was viewed from Feb.
Oregon State Police Sanford is a Level 3 sex offender, considered the most likely to re-offend. Washington corrections and Clark County officials knew he had been staying in an abandoned home in the Hazel Dell area. They were so concerned he might commit another sex crime they strapped a GPS tracking bracelet to his ankle, administered urine tests and made him check in five times a week with a corrections officer.
He was released from prison about seven months ago after completing a sentence for crimes including failing to register as a sex offender. But the Clark County Sheriff's Office did not notify those who lived around the abandoned house where Sanford had been staying for months. Do you notify them again three weeks later when he returns? You're constantly notifying, and it can become white noise and lose its effectiveness. Chris Gregoire, in response to the kidnapping and killing of a year-old girl in , proposed a public safety package that expanded the GPS satellite-based offender tracking used to monitor Sanford.
The technology helped lead to his arrest -- police could tell he'd been in the field where Nipp's body was found at the approximate time of her death -- but it didn't prevent the crime. Meusborn-Marsh called the GPS program a "double-edged sword. They think it's real time, that there's a magic bell that if he crosses the line a bell goes off and we're there. That just isn't a reality.
Clark County sheriff's spokesman Sgt. Scott Schanaker said his officers did their best. There are more than 40 transient sex offenders in the county, eight of whom are Level 3, according to the agency's Web site.