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Tion to the law. She said he will be homeless in the O
tion to the law. She said he will be homeless in the Oak Harbor area, but she has no idea where he will be camping out. The former Navy man doesnt even have a friends couch to stay on.
Among states most dangerous
Summiel will be monitored under a program reserved for the states most dangerous sex offenders. A new strategy authorized by Gov. Chris Gregoire last fall authorizes GPS monitoring for registered sex offenders who are considered most likely to reoffend. Summiel will have to wear a GPS device, which keeps track of where hes been. The information doesnt give law enforcement real-time information about his whereabouts, but the data has to be downloaded periodically.
A problem, Lee said, is that the GPS device must be recharged daily, which could be a difficultly for a homeless man. She said Summiel will have to come into the Department of Corrections office in Oak Harbor each day to recharge the battery, but shes not sure what will happen on weekends.
Brown said one of Summiels former victims, who is now an adult, still lives in the community and his family is upset that the offender is returning. But the sheriff admits that Summiel probably wouldnt pose an imminent danger to the man.
Hes not a violent person, Brown said. Hes what I call a professional groomer.
Summiel was convicted of child rape in the second degree in Island County Superior Court. He was originally charged with 34 different counts of sex crimes for allegedly having sexual relationships with a 12-year-old boy and a 14-year-old boy, as well as possessing child pornography.
According to the Sheriffs Office, Summiel used extensive grooming techniques, including buying gifts and giving out cash.
Summiel is under community supervision through the Department of Corrections for three to four years. The Department of Corrections End of Sentence Review Committee has rated Summiel as a Level 3 sexual offender, which means he is considered a high risk to reoffend. He has not had sex offender treatment and is not required to do so.
Summiel is scheduled to get out of prison and move to Oak Harbor May 5.
Its hard to feel sorry for a high-risk sex offender, Brown said, but I do feel sorry that we arent giving him the best opportunity to succeed.
You can reach News-Times reporter Jessie Stensland at email@example.com or call 675-6611.