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TACOMA: Sex offenders being dumped on Hilltop

Letter by Donna Estes, Tacoma on Feb. 28, 2012 at 1:33 pm with 13 Comments »
February 28, 2012 2:34 pm

My partner and I purchased a home on the Hilltop three years ago on a block that had seen much better, and much worse times. The last of the old crack houses was on the way out, and working families with children were buying homes. We have a community garden on our block, People’s Park with all of the playground equipment and several day cares operating in our neighborhood.

Imagine our dismay to find out that the old crack house was purchased by someone who would turn it into a boarding house for sex offenders!

Now, despite local TV coverage, pleas to the Tacoma City Council and just asking this person to please not house them in our neighborhood, our families are moving away.

So far, we lost two wonderful people with a lot to contribute to the success of the Hilltop, along with their children. Another successful, educated and supportive couple, homeowners, are selling. An additional four more educated, employed and community-minded homeowners are almost ready to leave.

In the square-mile area where my home is, where my family lives, there are already 24 sex offenders registered. Why are the Department of Corrections and the City of Tacoma allowing more?

I guess all that wishful thinking about revitalizing the Hilltop is just that – wishes and words, no action or support.

Leave a comment Comments → 13
  1. Sorry, but cities are not going to place sex offenders in Medina or Bellevue!

  2. igotdabombfool says:

    So just as long as they don’t live in your neighborhood it’s okay?

  3. Hello, I live in the elustrious Hilltop! Just facing the facts, cities around the nation treat low income/housing communities the same.

  4. ReadNLearn says:

    The motivation to work hard and move out of scummy areas should remain…they shouldn’t dump sex offenders among taxpayers.

  5. itwasntmethistime says:

    The DOC doesn’t place them there, they find their own housing. They have to live somewhere, and it’s usually only where they can afford to. They moved into the Hilltop for the same reason you did — housing is cheap. What did you think you were going to encounter by buying a house in the cheapest area of town? White collar professionals?

    Why aren’t there boarding homes for sex offenders on the West Slope or in the North End? Because houses are expensive there so a landlord can’t cover the mortgage with what sex offenders can afford to pay.

  6. And CT7 wades in to the fray with another anyplace but my place comment.

    How about we implant chips and move them to farming areas and let them earn their own keep?

  7. concernedtacoma7 says:

    Funny, I thought the argument would be about how they paid their debt to society.

    Personally, I don’t care what happens to them. I will pay more to live away from them, though. You get what you pay for, hilltop.

  8. itwasntmethistime says:

    Good point, concerned. Does anybody really feel that just because a sex offender has paid his debt by serving his time that he is no longer a threat to society?

  9. cclngthr says:


    I think a sex offender who has paid the time served debt has an increased chance of reoffending because they are basically untreatable; and treatment is not 100% effective.

  10. mcgintey says:

    I see this on the east side too. We struggle so hard to turn things around and a few bad choices undo the progress.

  11. pantomancer says:

    Unfortunately people have to locate close to the services they use. That’s precisely why you see a more dense population of psych patients, homeless, drug addicted, etc. in the “core”.
    The hilltop has the most abundant, affordable, and conveniently located homes to choose from.


  12. itwasntmethistime says:

    People also prefer to be around others like themselves. Nobody wants the attention of being the only sex offender in a neighborhood. They’d rather blend in with others so they don’t stand out so much.

  13. ReadNLearn says:

    Just doing time isn’t paying a debt to society. Not by a long shot. That’s a made up term from 1940’s dramas and it’s not a realistic concept. They’re still criminals who happened to do time. Nothing is paid and certainly, nothing is owed to them.

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