KENNEWICK, Wash. -

Lawyers for several low-level sex offenders in Benton County say they plan to sue to stop the release of their personal information.

The Tri-City Herald reports the lawsuits would put a hold on information for 420 Level 1 offenders. That's the lowest level of the three-level system that rates an offender's likelihood of committing another crime.

The offenders say releasing the information could cause them to lose their jobs or put their families in danger.

The records were requested by former Mesa Mayor Donna Zink. She filed a public records request last month for all Level 1 offenders in Franklin and Benton counties. Franklin county has already given her its information.

The same information is available online for all Level 2 and 3 sex offenders.