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Funding for Island County sex offender program
The Island County Sheriff’s Department will receive $75,778 for the Registered Sex Offender Address and Residency Verification Program.
State funding in the amount of $4.8 million was allotted in 2012 to local law enforcement for fiscal year 2012 under state code for the verification of sex and kidnapping offenders.
This annual award is effective July 1 through June 30 of next year.
Island County Sheriff Mark Brown said he keeps track of roughly 100-115 sex offenders county wide.
Offenders level I through III are required to undergo face to face verification every three to 12 months depending on the level of their offense.
The program was initiated by the state in response to the 2007 abduction, rape and murder of 12-year-old Zinna Linnik of Tacoma.
Terapon Dang Adhahn, who was convicted of the crime, was previously convicted of a sex crime but was considered a “low risk” Level I sex offender. The lack of proper registry reporting factored into the crime, leading to a statewide debate on sex offender monitoring, according to news reports.