ALERT: Level 2 Sex Offender Moves Into The Moses Lake Area - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

ALERT: Level 2 Sex Offender Moves Into The Moses Lake Area

FROM THE GRANT COUNTRY SHERIFF'S OFFICE: The Grant County Sheriff's Office is releasing the following information pursuant to RCW 4.24.550, which authorizes law enforcement agencies to inform the public of a sex offender release when, in the discretion of the agency, the release of information will enhance public safety and protection.

The individuals who appear on such notifications have been convicted of a sex offense that requires registration with the Sheriff's Office in the county of their residence. Further, their previous criminal history places them in a classification level which reflects the potential to reoffend.

OFFENDER: JERRY J. CHAVEZ, Latino male, age 55. Chavez pled guilty in King County in 2003 to charges of first degree child molestation and second degree child molestation, for which he received a suspended 89-month sentence on the condition he comply with conditions of a Special Sex Offender Sentencing Alternative. At the time of the initial offenses (1994-2001), Chavez was an adult; the victims were male juveniles.

Chavez is living in the 9000 block of Vernal Ave Southeast, which is in the Pelican Point neighborhood south of Moses Lake.

Chavez violated the conditions of his suspended sentence in 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2006, for which he served a total of 290 days in jail. His suspended sentence was revoked, and he was remanded to prison to serve the original 89-month sentence.

He was released on November 29, 2012. He declined to attend sex offender treatment while in custody, and is classified as a Level II Sex Offender, with a documented history and pattern of behavior which increases his risk to reoffend. He will be under the supervision of a State Community Corrections Officer for 36 months.

Chavez has served the sentence imposed on him by the courts. CHAVEZ IS NOT WANTED BY LAW ENFORCEMENT AT THIS TIME.

An informed public is a safer public. The Grant County Sheriff's Office is releasing this information pursuant to RCW 4.24.550, which authorizes law enforcement agencies to inform the public of a sex offender's release when the release of information will enhance public safety and protection.

The Washington State Legislature has determined that the extent of the public disclosure of relevant and necessary information shall be related to: (a) the level of risk posed by the offender to the community; (b) the location where the offender resides, intends to reside, or is regularly found; and (c) the needs of the affected community members for information to enhance their individual and collective safety.

Sex offenders have always lived in our communities and law enforcement has no legal authority to direct where sex offenders may or may not live. Unless court ordered restrictions exist, an offender is constitutionally free to live wherever he or she chooses. However, the Community Protection Act of 1990 requires that those convicted of sex offenses or kidnapping must register, with the primary legislative intent, "to assist law enforcement agencies' efforts to protect their communities" by providing relevant and necessary information.

Penalty for harassing, intimidating or threatening sex offenders. Abuse of information provided through the sex offender notification process, in order to intimidate, harass or threaten registered offenders, will result in an investigation and the filing of criminal charges against the perpetrators. Such abuse could potentially end law enforcement's ability to conduct community notifications. The only person who ‘wins,' if community notification is halted, is the registered sex offender, as sexual offenders derive their power through secrecy.

For further information on registered sex offenders in Grant County, contact Deputy Jay Atwood at 509-766-3191 ext. 2312.

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