Harbor County Sheriff's Department
Public Disclosure of Registered Sex Offenders Information
Grays Harbor County Sheriff's Department has established
this web site to provide information to the public about
Level II, Level III and transient registered sex offenders/kidnappers
who are living in our community.
notification is not intended to increase fear; rather it
is our belief that an informed public is a safer public.
offenders/kidnappers have always lived in our communities and law enforcement
has no legal authority to direct where sex offenders/kidnappers 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/kidnapping must
register, with the primary legislative intent, "to assist
law enforcement agencies' efforts to protect their communities"
by providing relevant and necessary information.
Sheriff releases sex offender/kidnapper information pursuant to RCW
4.24.550 which authorizes law enforcement to release
information to the public regarding sex offenders/kidnappers when the
agency determines that disclosure of information is relevant
and necessary to protect the public and to counteract the
danger created by the particular offender. The content of
the information made available, as well as where and how
the information is disseminated, is restricted to the standards
set forth in Chapter 4.24 and by the Washington State Supreme
Court ruling in State v. Ward, 123 WA 2d 488 (1994).
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.
Low risk to re-offend within the community at large. Information
shall be shared with other law enforcement agencies and,
upon request, the Sheriff may disclose relevant, necessary
and accurate information to any victim or witness to the
offense and to any individual community member who lives
near the residence where the offender resides, expects to
reside, or is regularly found. Level I offenders MAY NOT
be the subject of general public notification.
Moderate risk to re-offend within the community at large.
Relevant, necessary and accurate information concerning
risk Level II offenders may be disclosed 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 the residence where the offender resides, expects
to reside, or is regularly found. Level II offenders MAY
NOT be the subject of general public notification.
High risk to re-offend within the community at large. Relevant,
accurate and necessary information concerning offenders
classified as risk Level III may be disclosed to the public
Public Disclosure of Sex Offender/kidnapper Information
If you have information about a registered sex offender/kidnapper that
you would like to pass on to the Sheriff's Office, you can
call Detective Ed McGowan at (360) 249-3711 X592.
Abuse of this information to threaten, intimidate or harass
registered sex and kidnapping offenders will not be tolerated.
Such abuse could potentially end our current ability to release
this important information to the public.