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Sheriff hosting public meeting on sex offenders
The Island County sheriff is holding a community meeting Thursday to discuss a homeless, Level 3 sex offender who’s moving to the Oak Harbor area.
In addition, a Level 2 sex offender recently moved to Southwest 10th Avenue in Oak Harbor.
A person deemed as “a Level 3 sex offender” is considered a high risk to reoffend; Level 2 offenders are considered a moderate risk.
The meeting will be 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 23 at the Heller Road Fire Station.
Sheriff Mark Brown, an official from the Department of Corrections and other law enforcement officers will discuss the high-risk sex offender and other issues.
The Level 3 sex offender, 34-year-old Daniel M. Christianson, is a convicted rapist with a history of failing to report to his community corrections officer, according to the Island County Sheriff’s Office.
Brown said Christianson is being released from prison and has no place to live. Because of his homeless status, state law dictates that he has to live in the county where he committed his first felony offense.
Christianson’s first felony was on Camano Island, Brown said.
Brown said he and Department of Corrections officials are working to find housing for Christianson somewhere in the state, but haven’t had any luck so far.
“Anything I can do to make that happen, I will do,” he said.
Christianson was convicted of second-degree rape and second-degree attempted robbery in Snohomish County in 2001.
Christianson and two male accomplices forced a man and a woman to strip during a drug deal in a motel room. Christianson and one of the accomplices raped the woman, according to the Island County Sheriff’s Office.
The Level 2 sex offender, 41-year-old Jason W. Brown, was convicted of indecent liberties in Island County in 2012.
He provided a 13-year-old girl with beer and marijuana, then sexually assaulted her, the sheriff’s office reported.