Sexually violent predator released, on his way to Spokane

SPOKANE, Wash. - A man still considered by the state of Washington to be a sexually violent predator left the shores of McNeil Island Tuesday and is heading for a new life in Spokane.

David Durbin is being released under what's known as a Less Restrictive Alternative. It's a way for the state to transition sexually violent predators out of the Special Commitment Center on McNeil Island and back into the community.

Durbin has a history of sexually abusing children. His most recent offense came in the form of a residential burglary attempt in Clark County, Washington where a woman caught him staring through the window at her children.

Durbin served his prison time, then was deemed to be a sexually violent predator and sent to the center on McNeil Island.

Despite having no ties to Spokane, a Clark County judge granted his release to Spokane because a counselor here said she can provide sex offender counseling. Also, a property manager on North Lincoln said he can provide supervision and the strict release guidelines required under Durbin's LRA.

The so-called Lincoln House in the 1200 Block of North Lincoln is just across the intersection from the Spokane Arena. The state will pay Durbin's rent of $1,100 a month, in addition to paying for a chaperone to accompany Durbin when he goes out in public.

You can read about his extensive restrictions here.

Durbin's release - and, the release of all sexually violent predators under LRA - frustrates Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich and Spokane Police Chief Craig Meidl. They shared those frustrations in an exclusive interview with kxly4 last week.

At the time of that interview last Thursday, Chief Meidl and Sheriff Knezovich did not know there were already four sexually violent predators under LRA living just a few blocks from their offices in the Spokane Public Safety Building. KXLY uncovered that information late Friday evening and will air a larger report Wednesday, as we continue to read through the documents about their releases.

The Washington Department of Social and Health Services confirmed to kxly4 Tuesday that Durbin was released today. He has 72 hours to report to the Spokane County Sheriff's Office and register as a sex offender.

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