KENNEWICK, WA – A Benton County judge Friday morning heard arguments on whether to make public the names and addresses of low-level sex offenders.
Donna Zink of Mesa believes the records of level-one sex offenders should be released just like those of the more serious level-three offenders.
Two attorneys representing about 30 level-one offenders argue their clients pose no public danger and releasing their names and addresses would cause them irreparable harm.
Zink has also requested Benton County turn over more than 80,000 emails related to sex offenders.
Superior Court Judge Bruce Spanner has issued a preliminary injunction to keep the records private while he considers the request by the attorneys representing the level one offenders.
Under current public records law, names and addresses are accessible of the more serious level 2 and 3 sex offenders, but not level 1.
Donna Zink, a former mayor of Mesa, obtained the level one records from Franklin County, but clerks in Benton County balked.