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Number of Sex Offenders Rising in Pasco

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PASCO, Wa.,--With the growing number of sex offenders living in Pasco, police say their roles are changing. Instead of officers, they are becoming parents.

185 and rising--that's the number of registered offenders currently living in the city of Pasco. And police say there are two locations which are becoming home to Level III offenders, meaning they are most likely to offend again. The first spot is the 25 and 26 hundred block of North 4th Avenue. This road contains a few low-cost motels which could be appealing to offenders. Captain Jim Raymond of Pasco Police says his team is beginning to wonder.

"Well, ya know, we're beginning to ask ourselves that," said Raymond. We actually have a high number of level three sex offenders living in our community."

And on the 1000 block of West Lewis street, sex offenders are also setting up home. One woman i spoke with said the area around lewis street is popular with kids. Aside from the Fiesta Foods market on the corner, there are a few restaurants as well as the Pasco School District Building, not even one block away

Department of Corrections officials say that where offenders can live is determined on a case-by-case basis. However, for those being released from prison, those offenders must submit a proposed release plan to DOC which is later investigated and either approved or denied.