Tracking Transient Sex Offenders
PASCO, Wash. - Pasco police want to warn citizens about level two sex offender labeled a transient.
Keeping tabs on sex offenders is tough enough when you know where to look, but when the person you're tracking is homeless it makes officers job that much more difficult.
The problem is, for transients, police must rely soley on the sex offender to check with officers. That's the case with with Joseph Fry who Pasco Police are warning about. Officer claim Fry poses a moderate risk to the community.
Transients like Fry are required to make, at least weekly, face to face contact with their probation officer, someone from the county Sheriff's office, and the city police, but if the offender doesn't wander into an offficer's office, police claim they are out of luck.
"That's it, that's all you really can do when they register as transients," said Capt. Jim Raymond, Pasco Police Department.
Officers will of course put out a search, but by that time officers are already a week behind. And police fear the worst.
"If you have a preset day that they're supposed to meet and they don't show up, they've essentially been doing whatever for a week," said Raymond.
One place homeless offenders have popped up before is at the Union Gospel Mission in Pasco, but they shouldn't be there, sex offenders aren't allowed to stay at the shelter.
"We do have individuals that are trying to say they're someone they're not and in which case if they're not going to be honest with us, then we're going to be honest with them and tell them we can't have a relationship. You're going to have to find another place to be," said Byron Brooks, Tri-City Union Gospel Mission.
The best thing officers said they can do is to help the offender get on his feet and help him find a place to live as soon as possible.