The Olympian is up with a story about Kelly Greenwood, a level two sex offender from Thurston County who registered to live as a transient. It's in interesting tidbit, but it's not really news. Turns out there are 40 sex offenders that are registered as transients in Thurston County and 434 that are in King County.
Det. Daryl Leischner with the Thurston County Sheriff's Office tells the Daily Weekly that--big surprise--it's very common for sex offenders to have trouble finding housing. In Greenwood's case, he was convicted of two counts of incest--details that tend to stand out on a rental application.
Even so, Leischner says it's the offender's responsibility to convince someone to put a roof over their head, not law enforcement's.
Now, if only homeless sex offenders weren't so damn hard to keep tabs on
'It's up to them to pound the pavement and find a place to live," says Leischner. "We do our best to keep track of them. And they have to come in once a week and report where they've been in the last seven days. Being on the street does make them have a higher risk of re-offending, I think."