KENNEWICK, Wash. -

A Tri-City judge says information on Level 1 sex offenders -- those considered least likely to re-offend -- should not be released.

Benton County Judge Bruce Spanner says releasing the information would cause irreparable harm to more than 400 Level 1 sex offenders.

The Tri-City Herald reports Spanner said the information is considered confidential under state and federal statutes and therefore is exempt from public records release.

The information was sought by Donna Zink of Mesa who made the request last July for names, birthdates, addresses, pictures and other information on the Level 1 offenders. She believes people should know where someone convicted of any type of sex offense is living.

In his ruling Wednesday, the judge said she had no legitimate interest in the information.