Community members showed up to a public safety forum
hosted by Spokane police to express their concerns
over the release of a level III sex offender in Spokane.
Many people have made their fears known to KXLY 4
News, and had the chance to tell city officials how
they felt. The public safety meeting was supposed
to focus on property crime and crime prevention, but
when it was announced that David McCuisition, a level
III sex offender, was being released into our community,
police decided to change gears.
"We wanted to shift the focus just a little bit to
address some of those concerns and to reassure the
community that the release was done safely and that
we're doing everything we can to make sure the kids
and teens are safe," said Cpl. Teresa Fuller with
the Spokane Police Department.
The Department of Corrections attended the meeting
at the Northeast Community Center to answer questions
about McCuisition's release. Many wondered why he
was chosen to be released in Spokane.
"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 Kimberly Acker with the
Department of Corrections.
Acker explained that a sex offender's placement is
decided by the court, not the DOC. The Department
of Corrections also promised those who attended the
meeting that several agencies would be closely monitoring
all of McCuisition's actions. Several people wondered
just how relaxed DOC will get with their monitoring,
but Acker says it won't be much at all.
"We don't start getting lazy. We don't start saying
'hey he seems fine. You don't need to come in anymore.'
That just doesn't happen," she said.
McCuisition will also have to submit to regular drug
and alcohol testing, as well as the possibility of
"Does it prevent him from doing it? No," said Acker.
"But, it's the closest we can come to try and get
him on the right foot and hope that he will follow
the conditions that the court ordered."
DOC says it will be having daily interactions with
McCuisition to make sure he's following through with
all the conditions of his release.