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Tag: sex predators


Predator’s release a nasty surprise for Tacoma

This editorial will appear in Friday’s print edition.

Thanks, King County.

Prosecutors there have struck a deal with Andre Brigham Young, a violent sex offender who was convicted of raping six South Sound women over a 23-year period, to be released from the state’s Special Commitment Center on McNeil Island.

But he won’t be living in King County. He’s registered as a Level 3 sex offender (the class most likely to offend) at a Tacoma address: the 2100 block of South M Street.

Releasing Young to Pierce County isn’t the problem: This is considered his “county of origin” due to the fact that his first rape conviction, in 1963, was here. He also raped women in King and Thurston counties. Read more »


Strange but true: Child porn on McNeil Island

This editorial will appear in tomorrow’s print edition.

One of the seven sex offenders busted for child porn Thursday at the Special Commitment Center had been twice convicted of child rape.

Another of sexual assault, indecent liberties and communicating with a minor for immoral purposes.

Another of lewd and lascivious acts toward a minor, contributing to the delinquency of a minor and indecent liberties.

You get the idea.

Ordinary sex offenders don’t wind up in the center on McNeil Island. They constitute a tiny fraction of all such criminals. They must have proven themselves to be compulsive career predators. They must clear the high legal hurdle for commitment: a formal court finding that they continue to pose a dire threat to society as “sexually violent predators.”
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