YAKIMA COUNTY, WA - The Yakima County WA Sheriff's Office is releasing the following information pursuant to RCW 4.24.550, which authorizes law enforcement agencies to inform the public of a sex offender release when, in the discretion of the agency, the release of information will enhance public safety and protection.
The individuals who appear on such notifications have been convicted of a sex offense that requires registration with the Sheriff's Office in the county of their residence. Further, their previous criminal history places them in a classification level which reflects the potential to reoffend.
This individual has served the sentence imposed on them by the courts. HE/SHE IS NOT WANTED BY LAW ENFORCEMENT AT THIS TIME. THIS NOTIFICATION IS NOT INTENDED TO INCREASE FEAR; RATHER IT IS YCSO'S BELIEF THAT AN INFORMED PUBLIC IS A SAFER PUBLIC.
Law Enforcement has no legal authority to direct where a sex offender may or may not live. Unless court ordered restrictions exist, this offender is constitutionally free to live wherever he/she chooses.
24-year-old Austin Daniel Bates is Caucasian with brown hair and hazel eyes. His new residence is in the 1,000 block of S. 21st Avenue, Yakima, WA 98902.
Bates was convicted on September 17, 2015 of four (4) counts of third degree rape of a child.
If you have any questions about YCSO's community awareness program, please call: 509-574-2600 or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org