A convicted rapist with a history of failing to register as a sex offender is again facing a felony charge for not properly registering, according to court records.
Troy Eugene Salmon, 59, is currently a Level 1 registered sex offender in Island County.
A deputy’s report on Salmon states that he had been registered as living at a homeless encampment on Waterloo Road in Oak Harbor, but he and the others had been removed by a property owner in June of 2021. A deputy who was conducting verifications of registered sex offender addresses in November was unable to find him.
Salmon was later found in December at the county’s stabilization center in Oak Harbor, but he did not register after his release. He was then located in February at a treatment center in Tacoma, but the report doesn’t indicate where he has been after that.
Prosecutors charged Salmon in Island County Superior Court Aug. 15 with failure to register as a sex offender. The charge is a felony because he was previously convicted of the charge.
In 1993, Salmon was convicted of rape in the second degree in King County. He beat, threatened to kill and raped a woman, according to court documents. She escaped and ran to a gas station to call police.
Salmon was sentenced to 75 months in prison.
In 1997, Salmon fled the Larch Corrections Center and was later convicted of first-degree escape. He was sentenced to 13 months in prison, according to court records.
Salmon was released in 2002 and moved to the Lagoon Point neighborhood. He was deemed a Level 2 sex offender at the time, which means he was considered a moderate risk to reoffend.
Later in 2002, Salmon disappeared without notifying the sheriff’s office and was arrested in Arizona. He was charged and convicted of failing to register as a sex offender in Island County and sentenced to six months in jail, according to court records.
Salmon was again charged with failing to register as a sex offender in 2003 and a judge issued a $50,000 bench warrant. The charge was dismissed, however, because he was serving a prison term in Arizona, court records indicate.