KXLY4 viewers outraged by sex offender relocation

KXLY4 viewers outraged by sex offender relocation

SPOKANE, Wash. - Many people are outraged about the release of two men from the Special Commitment Center on McNeil Island.

Specifically, there are many questions about sex offender David McCuistion and his release to Spokane.

55-year-old McCuistion was convicted in 1993 of third degree rape and assault, making him a Level III sex offender.

He's now living on the 300 block of W. Second in downtown Spokane.

Many people are wondering how and why McCuistion ended up here at the New Washington Apartments, and what is being done now to keep the community safe.

McCuistion petitioned to be released to what's called a "less restrictive alternative," or LRA.

There was a trial in Pierce County where Judge James Orlando found that the proposed LRA is in the best interest of McCuistion, and includes conditions that will adequately protect the community. This was despite a Department of Corrections investigation that uncovered "multiple serious concerns."

Kimberly Acker with the DOC said "we can't guarantee that he won't get involved with any of the activities where he's residing."

Many asked, why Spokane for a man who had no ties here?

Court documents show McCuistion wanted to live in Spokane County because there are more welding job opportunities.

The judge found it inappropriate to release him to Pierce County, because some of his victims still live there.

Others asked why he's allowed to live a few blocks from Lewis and Clark High School, one of the concerns the DOC also cited in its investigation.

Within a mile radius, there are also bars, playgrounds, day cares, churches, even Pokemon Go Pokestops.

"I can't answer specifically who came up with the plan or why, or how many other places were looked at. This was the only one that we investigated that we were presented with," said Acker.

According to his release conditions, McCuistion will wear a GPS monitor at all times, and only be allowed to leave his apartment for previously approved activities.

Acker explained that "he will have to call before he leaves his residence, call the Community Corrections Officer. He has to call when he gets to the place he's going to, he has to call when he's leaving there, and he has to call when he comes home."

The DOC says there are currently 19 active LRA cases similar to McCuistion's, where the person lives in less restrictive settings in the community. But Friday, state agencies couldn't tell us specifics of where they are all living.

We've put in a public records requests to track down that information.