Twelve sex offenders now living in N. Spokane apartment building

Twelve sex offenders now living in N. Spokane apartment building

Twelve sex offenders are now living in an apartment building in north Spokane.

William Keaton, 68, has moved to the 1200 block of north Lincoln. He is a level 3 sex offender, convicted of rape in 1982.

He moved to the Spokane area last month.

Of the twelve sex offenders living at the apartments, three are using the Department of Corrections’ Housing Voucher program. For offenders who qualify, the state will pay rent up to 500 dollars for the first three months.

It allows the offenders to reestablish themselves in the community, in hopes they will eventually move out of transitional homes, like the apartments on north Lincoln.

A study completed by researchers from Washington State University and the University of Central Florida in 2014 found that offenders who were provided with housing services immediately after their reentry into the community committed fewer crimes and less less violent ones than those who were not receiving services.