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Sex offenders release sparks free presentation


Library patrons report of seeing Tyler Miller proves false

A library patron brought an alarming concern to the staff at Forest Grove’s library a month ago: she thought she’d seen a recently released sex offender there — and in the children’s section.

Tyler Miller (formerly Tyler Lupoli), the man she’d read about and seen a photo of in the news, had served nearly five years in prison for molesting and/or attempting to molest four little girls aged 3 to 8 in a daycare center at a Hillsboro fitness club.

At the time of the alleged library sighting, Miller was still on post-prison supervision and wearing an ankle bracelet with GPS coordinates that recorded all his movements. Forest Grove police officers found and interviewed Miller, who lived at the Holiday Motel in Forest Grove for a while after his release.

“He was very adamant” about not being anywhere near the library, said Capt. Mike Herb of the Forest Grove Police Department. “You can check my coordinates,” he told police, who did so and were able to confirm he was nowhere near the library.

Miller sparked more than an interview with police. He prompted them to partner with the Washington County Sheriff’s Office to present a training session Thursday evening on “Recognizing Child Molesters: How to Keep Our Children Safe.” It’s a “free eye-opening training that may change your perception on who offenders are in our community,” according to the flyer.

Detectives from both agencies will talk about common misconceptions of sex offenders, what Oregon law requires of them, indicators of possible child sex abuse and suggestions for protecting children. People attending the 7 p.m. session must be 18 or older.

“They talked about the whole range of types of offenses — the different ways people get to have that label,” said Colleen Winters, director of Forest Grove’s library, where police included the presentation in a full day of safety and security training for librarians on Presidents’ Day.

“You can get this categorization because you are a 19-year-old who had an inappropriate (but consensual) night with a 16-year-old,” Winters said, or because you’ve been grooming victims and then drugging them and luring them back to your apartment — or because sexual abuse has been going on for generations in your family.

Miller’s sex abuse of young girls he didn’t know is the kind of crime most people envision when they think of sex offenders.

But because he has not been classified as a predatory sex offender, however, Miller — whose post-prison supervision stopped Feb. 10 — is free to go to any library, even in their children’s sections, or any other place he wishes, regardless of whether there are children as young as those he targeted in 2005.

“He can legally be in the library,” Herb said. But if he had been, “our concern would have been ... what was his intention? Was he going over into the children’s (section) intentionally?”

Miller’s only legal requirement related to his conviction is to register with a local police or sheriff’s department, which will in turn pass on his information to the Oregon State Police.

Herb said Miller registered with the Washington County Sheriff last week but Herb did not know what city he’s living in. Miller was staying at the Holiday Motel in Forest Grove just before his post-prison supervision ended and had indicated to his supervisors that he’d probably be living in the Forest Grove/Cornelius area.

But it’s common for sex offenders to register outside of the cities where they’re living. Although some offenders living in Forest Grove register there, Herb said, so do sex offenders from Cornelius, Hillsboro and elsewhere.

“He could register in Forest Grove and live in Sherwood.”