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Chief explains state and local laws for sex offenders

Chuck Fessler also thanks drivers for obeying school zone traffic signs


The past month has seen a steady call load and a transition from summer activities to fall, including the return to school.

So far, it appears that drivers are aware of the school zone speed limit and are adhering to the proper speed when the amber lights are on. Thanks.

Sex offender registration information

Recently, a King City resident asked me about the sex-offender registration program and how a person could get information on locally registered sex offenders.

Since the program is designed to keep the public informed of registered sex offenders, I thought it would be useful to provide an overview of the program by providing answers to frequently asked questions regarding the program.

Who runs the sex-offender registration program?

The program is the responsibility of the Oregon State Police.

Is there a sex offender website?

Yes. The site contains information on offenders who have been declared predatory. Website addresses are sexoffenders.oregon.gov or www.nsopp.org.

Can I get a list of offenders who live in my neighborhood?

Yes, the information is available through the public website and others for those offenders either on or off supervision by calling OSP at 503-378-3725, Ext. 44429, or by emailing questions to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. People must provide their name and address.

Why aren't addresses listed for all non-predatory offenders?

Offenders under parole, post-prison supervision, probation or under the juvenile court system fall under the authority of their particular supervising agency. The information that can be provided is limited by Oregon law.

What does "predatory" offender mean?

Oregon law defines a predatory offender as a person who has a tendency to injure or victimize others and has been convicted of certain sex crimes. Such a designation allows for full community notification. This is generally done by the supervising agency, for example, community corrections.

Are all sex offenders required to register?

No. Oregon law (ORS 181.594) governs who must register based on conviction of certain sex crimes.

What is community notification?

Community notification is advising the community or neighborhood where a predatory sex offender resides. Notification can be done in a variety of methods. The minimal level is notifying the offender's family and employer.

For predatory offenders and offenders on supervision, the notification is usually done by the supervising agency, for example, community corrections.

Notification of non-supervised, non-predatory offenders may be done by local law enforcement, for example, the King City Police Department.

How does King City Police Department make notification on supervised offenders?

Usually any notification of supervised offenders is done by the supervising agency. If asked by the supervising agency, the King City police may provide notice to the affected neighborhoods or institutions, including information about the crime and conditions of the supervision.

On occasion, the notification can be done by a neighborhood meeting. The department reacts to information provided by the state police or any of the supervisory agencies. Generally, there is no notification on the non-registered offender.

Is community notification made on all sex offenders?

No, community notification is made only for persons deemed to be predatory by the state police, parole board or community corrections.

Notification about registered offenders who are non-predatory is done by the supervising agency. Notification about non-supervised offenders may be made by local law enforcement.

Where can I find the residence requirements for sex offenders?

The residence requirements are conditions placed on the offender under supervision by the parole board for parolees and community corrections for probationers.

The requirements are found in ORS 144.641. For offenders not on supervision, there are no residence requirements.

For additional information, people may go to the Oregon State Police website, www.oregon.gov/osp and follow the links. Contact me at 503-620-8851 if you have additional questions.

Golf cart decals

If you use your golf cart on the public streets, a municipal ordinance requires that your cart have a free King City decal, which are available at the King City City Hall. Stop by during business hours, which are 8 a.m. to noon and 1 to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

You be the judge (or you have to be kidding)

Either this crook featured this month has a short memory or is just plain dumb. Our crook decided as a ruse prior to robbing a store that he would fill out a check-cashing card. He proceeded to fill out the card using his true name, age, Social Security number and his current address.

About 25 minutes after turning in the card and leaving the store, he returned, went to the same clerk and demanded money. As he waited, he became very nervous and left the store without any money.

The police were called, and the store manager informed the police who the man was and his address. The police, armed with the information, arrested the so-called robber at his home, two blocks from the store.

So until next time, be good, be neighborly and be safe.