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Sex offender arrest prompts interesting debate in Olympia

Post by Adam Lynn / The News Tribune on Aug. 29, 2006 at 5:47 pm |
August 29, 2006 5:47 pm

Our sister paper, The Olympian, posted this story today about a Level III sex offender being arrested on suspicion of more sex crimes. No real surprise there. The state considers Level III offenders the most likely to re-offend.

I think the interesting part of this case is the debate the story started among Olympian readers about how much background checking you should do on someone who will have contact – any contact at all – with your children. Some folks say they check out everyone. Others say that’s just paranoid.

How much checking do you do? Do you check your new friend’s name against the list of convicted sex offenders on the sheriff’s department’s Web site? What about the teacher’s aide in your kid’s class? The mailman?

Can you be too careful?

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