SPOKANE, Wash - The state of Washington is releasing another sexually violent predator from the Special Commitment Center on McNeil Island and, once again, that predator is moving to Spokane.
Scott B. Jones was released Tuesday and has registered in Spokane.
A sex offender's crimes
His crimes were committed in the early 1990s in Pacific County. So far, we've found no connection to Spokane other than this is where he can find a housing situation that will allow for his close supervision.
Jones was convicted of two counts of child molestation, one count of attempted child molestation and one count of failing to register as a sex offender.
Court documents say Jones was asked to take care of a seven year-old girl when her parents were on a trip. He molested her and pleaded guilty to the charges.
In another case, he molested his friend's six year-old daughter. In one of the cases, the little girl cried and he called her "a little bitch" and "his little slut."
During his time at McNeil Island, he told counselors that he committed other crimes for which he was not charged.
He told an evaluator that he should have been put in prison for the rest of his life and that he "requested to come [to the SCC] to keep from hurting another child." He continued "I'm a child molester and a rapist. The thoughts will always be there."
Sexual predator's new home
According to documents related to his release, Jones is being released under a Less Restrictive Alternative. That means he's still classified as a sexually violent predator and will have strict conditions under which he can live. If he violates those conditions, he'll be sent back to the SCC.
He will be living with 10 other sex offenders in a converted apartment building on North Lincoln, right across from the Spokane Arena. Five of those offenders are also under LRA release; court documents say another could be released under LRA later this summer.
The state pays between $1,100 and $1,500 per month in rent for those men released under LRA. They live in small studio apartments with kitchenettes.
Women are not allowed in the building.
The Lincoln House is close to schools, churches, daycares and school buses. In past interviews with KXLY, Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich and Chief Craig Meidl have expressed serious concerns over the placement of these sexually violent predators in our community. While some cities and counties don't offer the type of housing needed to supervise those predators, Spokane has no restrictions on this type of housing.
Conditions of Release
In order to maintain his LRA status, Jones has to follow strict restrictions set forth by court order.
Jones has to get prior approval from his transition team before he can go into anyone else's apartment or allow anyone else into his.
The man managing the Lincoln House right now also lives in the building; he is also under Department of Corrections supervision. The property manager lives off-site, but can view security images from his home and his cell phone.
There is a curfew in place, which prohibits those living in Lincoln House from leaving the building between 9 pm and 6 am, unless authorized by their probation officer.
Department of Corrections documents say the manager has kicked seven people out of the house in the last year; those men violated curfew or refused to pay rent. Another had a "mental health episode." DOC documents say the manager has also found alcohol and drugs in the facility, despite rules that prohibit it.
Jones must be under sex offender treatment and therapy with a therapist who says she'll meet with Jones twice a week in the first few months. If he does well, he'll take part in group therapy with other offenders.
If he wants to leave the facility and go into the community, he must submit a travel plan a week in advance. He'll also be required to have a trained court-approved chaperone to accompany him in public. That chaperone's wages are paid for by the state.
He'll be tracked through GPS and cannot access the internet on his phone or computer. He cannot have any contact with children or frequent areas where children are known to be, including parks, schools, daycares and recreation centers. He also can't engage in a romantic relationship without the permission of his transition team.
As of Tuesday afternoon, Jones had not yet checked in with the Spokane County Sheriff's Office.
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