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2 sex offenders due on island

The Island County Sheriff's Office and the Oak Harbor Police held a meeting this week to discuss two high-risk sex offenders who may be living in Oak Harbor.

Nathan Evans, 20, is getting out of prison and moving to Northwest Calista Court after serving 20 months for second-degree assault with sexual motivation and two unrelated stolen property charges. He was convicted of sexually assaulting a 12-year-old girl in a park in the Bellingham area in 2001.

John Isley, 28, is living at an East Whidbey Avenue home, but he might be sent back to live in Snohomish County because of violations of conditions of release, according to the sheriff's office.

Sheriff's spokeswoman Jan Smith said last week that Isley showed up April 10 at the Sheriff's Office to register as a sex offender because he had moved from Snohomish County to Oak Harbor, where he has a job. He was immediately arrested on a new warrant from Snohomish County for failing to appear at a hearing on a drunk driving charge. He was back in Oak Harbor by Friday.

Smith said the Department of Corrections might force Isley to move back to Snohomish County because he might have violated court orders by drinking and driving or moving without notifying his corrections officer.

Isley was classified as a low-risk sex offender while he was in Snohomish County, but Island County authorities have elevated him to high risk because of his extensive criminal history, alleged probation violations and homelessness.

Likewise, the Island County Sheriff's Sex Offender Classification Review Board reclassified Evans from Level 2 to high risk because of his history and record -- seven felony and five gross misdemeanor convictions -- but primarily because he continues to deny that he sexually assaulted the girl.

Evans pleaded guilty to the sex and property crimes in Whatcom County Superior Court in 2001.

Evans will live with relatives in Oak Harbor. He will be under the supervision of the Department of Corrections, which is similar to parole, for three years.

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