KENNEWICK, Wash. - Lawyers for several low-level sex offenders in Benton County say they plan to sue to stop the release of their clients' personal information.
The lawsuits would put a hold on the release of 420 Level 1 offenders' information. Level 1 is the lowest level of the three-level system that rates an offender's likelihood of committing another crime.
The offenders say releasing the information could cause them to lose their jobs, or potentially put their families in danger.
The former mayor of Mesa, Donna Zink filed a public records request last month for all the Level 1 offenders in Franklin and Benton counties.
Franklin county has already given her its information. The same information is available online for all Level 2 and Level 3 sex offenders.