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A bridge as a last resort [Sex offender given sleeping bag and ordered to stay under bridge]
The Seattle Times ^ | 4/30/08 | Danny Westneat

Posted on 04/30/2008 9:09:27 AM PDT by XR7

SNOHOMISH — The patch under the bridge is closed in by brambles. Rodent tracks crisscross in the dirt. It may be dry, but still it's not fit for human habitation.

Unless you're a sex offender, that is.The underside of the 88th Street bridge, near this river town's greenhouses and horse farms, is where state government last week assigned a released rapist to sleep.

David J. Torrence, who assaulted a 16-year-old girl in 1995, had completed his latest prison term (for failing to register as a sex offender.) He had no place to go. So officials gave him a sleeping bag and a rain poncho, then told him to stay under this bridge, 9 p.m. to 6 a.m., until further notice.

"We're not proud of it," says Mary Rehberg, parole officer for the state Department of Corrections. "We did it because this is what it has come to. Under a bridge is the best of the options we had left."

That we're now storing sex offenders under bridges is hardly the worst thing to happen in the long struggle over sex crimes. Not compared with what happened to the victims.

But it is a sign of a looming breakdown. There's got to be a better way.

Nobody wants sex offenders around. It can be infuriating to see taxes spent on their treatment or care. But putting them under bridges, like trolls? Set aside whether that's inhuman. It's about the worst outcome possible, for public safety.

Torrence was released from state prison at Monroe on April 20. He is a Level 3 — high risk for reoffending. He is not deemed so dangerous, or his crimes so serious, that he qualifies to be locked up longer.

Rehberg tried for months to find him a place to live.

He's barred by local ordinance...

(Excerpt) Read more at seattletimes.nwsource.com ...


TOPICS: Front Page News; US: Washington
KEYWORDS: bridge; courts; doc; govwatch; offender; sexoffender; sexoffenders
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That we're now storing sex offenders under bridges is hardly the worst thing to happen in the long struggle over sex crimes. Not compared with what happened to the victims.

Common sense from a left-wing rag?

But putting them under bridges, like trolls?

LOL
Why not?

1 posted on 04/30/2008 9:09:28 AM PDT by XR7
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There's got to be a better way. . . Nobody wants sex offenders around.

Wow. That sounds really complicated.

2 posted on 04/30/2008 9:12:01 AM PDT by wideawake (Why is it that those who call themselves Constitutionalists know the least about the Constitution?)
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Brilliant. They got three squares, a cot, heat and running water when serving their sentence. Turning them into street people sounds like a motivation to reoffend—traumatize another girl for life and get better living conditions.

Just brilliant.


3 posted on 04/30/2008 9:12:53 AM PDT by The_Reader_David (And when they behead your own people in the wars which are to come, then you will know. . .)
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To: XR7

Why not???

“So officials gave him a sleeping bag and a rain poncho, then told him to stay under this bridge, 9 p.m. to 6 a.m., until further notice.”

What...did they make him promise to stay there or did he have to sign a committment card.


4 posted on 04/30/2008 9:12:57 AM PDT by Cletus.D.Yokel
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To: XR7

Lock them up and throw away the key!


5 posted on 04/30/2008 9:13:45 AM PDT by Poetgal26 (God bless the US Military and our vets! (RIP Sgt Matthew Maupin))
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To: XR7
I suppose one could hope for a flash flood...

...sort of like flushing the toilet...

6 posted on 04/30/2008 9:15:46 AM PDT by TXnMA ("Allah": Satan's current alias...!!)
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To: XR7
The only argument I can think against it is that if that's the best we can give them, then there is a huge incentive for them to commit a new crime to get back in jail. Heaven forbid they choose the crime they know best.

If the premise is that these pieces of human flotsam are too dangerous to live amongst us (and for the most part, they are), then why not make it a mandatory life sentence for their crime? Which is cruel and unusual, life incarceration or life under bridges and in the woods?

7 posted on 04/30/2008 9:16:35 AM PDT by NonValueAdded (Who Would Montgomery Brewster Choose?)
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To: Cletus.D.Yokel
What...did they make him promise to stay there or did he have to sign a committment card.

Do you supose they made him wear a Promise Ring?

8 posted on 04/30/2008 9:16:47 AM PDT by XR7
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To: XR7

Arm 16-year-old girls and maybe his next victim will simply blow his brains out when he attacks her.


9 posted on 04/30/2008 9:16:53 AM PDT by mvpel
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To: wideawake

“He is a Level 3 — high risk for reoffending. He is not deemed so dangerous, or his crimes so serious, that he qualifies to be locked up longer.”

Good Lord....where does one begin?
He’s at high risk for reoffending-but it’s a crime not so serious or dangerous,so let’s let him out again-to reoffend.
It’s a not-so-serious crime-unless you’re the young victim.
It’s a not-so-dangerous crime-unless the young victim’s father or mother finds you and sends you to hell where you belong.
There....that’s better. NOW it makes a little more sense.


10 posted on 04/30/2008 9:17:08 AM PDT by gimme1ibertee (Liberals act as if stupidity were a virtue.)
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To: XR7

Promise ring.....ankle bracelet..same thing.


11 posted on 04/30/2008 9:18:31 AM PDT by gimme1ibertee (Liberals act as if stupidity were a virtue.)
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To: XR7

“But putting them under bridges, like trolls?”

The trolls in fairy tales were good reasons for the characters to stay away from the bridges, maybe these fairy tales can be part of real life now with real life trolls!


12 posted on 04/30/2008 9:20:23 AM PDT by killermedic ("discipline isn’t reserved for times of combat....only tested there.")
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To: XR7

I see a chance for a slum lord who can buy a dumpy house out in the middle of nowhere to charge the state a fortune to house these things.

Of course I am also all for tattooing a big letter P on their forehead as a caution to others they meet.


13 posted on 04/30/2008 9:21:39 AM PDT by Abathar (Proudly posting without reading the article carefully since 2004)
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To: Poetgal26
Lock them up and throw away the key!

Agreed! Unfortunately, this comment: He is a Level 3 — high risk for reoffending. He is not deemed so dangerous, or his crimes so serious, that he qualifies to be locked up longer. seems to be the norm for this type of offense.

If they are a Level 3, they shouldn't be released back into the community. If the judge or the parole board want to release him, they should board him at their house with access to their family instead of putting everyone else at risk.

14 posted on 04/30/2008 9:22:10 AM PDT by trussell (I carry because...When seconds count between life and death, the police are only minutes away)
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To: XR7

Putting a troll where it belongs.


15 posted on 04/30/2008 9:22:10 AM PDT by wastedyears (The US Military is what goes Bump in the night.)
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To: The_Reader_David; XR7; wideawake

Reader David, did you read the entire piece? That the guy’s own family in another state didn’t want him? That he’s fitted with a GPS tracking ankle device?

That sex offenders are the new ‘lepers’ of society that nobody wants? The only alternative is taxpayer expense to house these offenders in group homes.


16 posted on 04/30/2008 9:24:27 AM PDT by Froufrou
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To: XR7
how about an "escape from new york" solution?

build an enclosure, toss them into it, and let them sort things out.

17 posted on 04/30/2008 9:24:59 AM PDT by robomatik ((wine plug: renascentvineyards.com cabernet sauvignon, riesling, and merlot))
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> SNOHOMISH — The patch under the bridge is closed in by brambles. Rodent tracks crisscross in the dirt. It may be dry, but still it’s not fit for human habitation.

Why are they giving this perfectly-good habitation to a child molestering troll? For homeless folk, under a bridge is prime real estate: very dry, quite warm and usually pretty safe.

That’s just what the homeless folk need: another predator to watch out for. Sanctioned, no less, by the local government. What did the homeless folk ever do to deserve that?

If they can’t find the child molesterer proper quarters, stick him back in gaol amongst the general population.


18 posted on 04/30/2008 9:25:12 AM PDT by DieHard the Hunter (Is mise an ceann-cinnidh. Cha ghéill mi do dhuine. Fàg am bealach.)
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To: XR7

The ACLU will sue and the perv will get a nice condo.


19 posted on 04/30/2008 9:26:21 AM PDT by Anti-Bubba182
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To: XR7

Maybe he’ll meet Maddie Dullbite under there and they can trap some billygoats together.


20 posted on 04/30/2008 9:26:27 AM PDT by the gillman@blacklagoon.com (The republic is over kids!)
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To: XR7
"Under a bridge is the best of the options we had left."

He should have been ordered to stay at a council-person's home until he found an opening... of one sort or another.

21 posted on 04/30/2008 9:28:23 AM PDT by Reeses (Leftism is powered by the evil force of envy.)
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To: The_Reader_David
Brilliant. They got three squares, a cot, heat and running water when serving their sentence. Turning them into street people sounds like a motivation to reoffend—traumatize another girl for life and get better living conditions.

Agreed. It is a real problem. Most homeless shelters won't accept sex offenders. They are very limited in being able to support themselves - who's going to hire a convicted sex offender? Even if they could afford a place to live, they are prevented from living in certain areas.
22 posted on 04/30/2008 9:32:47 AM PDT by Girlene
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. He is a Level 3 — high risk for reoffending. He is not deemed so dangerous, or his crimes so serious...

Yeah, being raped is really neat and the 16 year old should be happy she had the experience. If he's considered high risk, there's a better place for him than the bridge: jail. Rape used to be a capital crime, btw.

23 posted on 04/30/2008 9:33:15 AM PDT by livius
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To: Froufrou

The thugs who tortured and killed that family in Connecticut met in a group home. If you’ve ever lived near a group home for criminals in general or sex offenders in particular, you ‘d realize that this isn’t the answer. People with a “high risk of reoffending” (or habitual criminals, as were both of the thugs in Connecticut) belong in one place only: jail.


24 posted on 04/30/2008 9:35:56 AM PDT by livius
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To: gimme1ibertee; trussell; wideawake; All
"He is a Level 3 — high risk for reoffending. He is not deemed so dangerous, or his crimes so serious, that he qualifies to be locked up longer."
Good Lord...where does one begin?

He has already ESCAPED.
A nationwide warrant has been issued.

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews

Warrant issued for sex offender who dumped monitoring device at Lynnwood apartment

Snohomish County authorities and the Washington State Department of Corrections are searching for a Level 3 sex offender who cut off his GPS bracelet Wednesday night and tossed it at a Lynnwood apartment complex. He was released from prison this week. David J. Torrence, 43, who served a one-year sentence for failure to register as a sex offender, was on active supervision with the corrections department in Monroe. But that changed last night, when Torrence cut off his monitoring device, according to the Snohomish County Sheriff's Office. The corrections department has issued a nationwide warrant for felony escape with no bail. In 1995, Torrence pleaded guilty in Snohomish County Superior Court to raping a 16-year-old girl...

http://www.heraldnet.com/article/20080429/NEWS01/107935135/0/FRONTPAGE

Rapist under bridge was placed near victim's home


David J. Torrence

SNOHOMISH -- The bridge where state officials told a high-risk sex offender to sleep after his release from prison earlier this month is less than five miles from the home of the woman he raped. Some of her children go to an elementary school blocks from the bridge. Another goes to the high school about a mile away. "I'm scared to be at my house now. I'm scared to go around town. I'm scared to run into him. I'm scared for my kids at school," said Sabrina, 29. She asked that her last name not be used. "I don't think he has anything to lose now, so who knows what he'll do." Police still are looking for David J. Torrence, 43, a level-3 sex offender released from prison on April 20. He was told by state parole officers to sleep below a bridge along 88th Street SW under U.S. 2 near Snohomish. Torrence is homeless. State Corrections Department officials determined the bridge was the best location for them to keep an eye on the convicted rapist while the search continued for more appropriate housing. Three days after his release, he cut off his electronic monitoring bracelet. Police on Thursday found the GPS system ditched near an apartment in Lynnwood.

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Is it just me, or does reading this stuff make your blood boil?

25 posted on 04/30/2008 9:38:36 AM PDT by XR7
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To: sionnsar

WA Ping


26 posted on 04/30/2008 9:42:43 AM PDT by RainMan
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To: XR7

This is common here in Washington state - these convicted perverts are registering as homeless upon release from custody and thus making tracking them difficult.


27 posted on 04/30/2008 9:42:52 AM PDT by dainbramaged (the Tree of Liberty needs watering)
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Good old Washington State.

If I were Dino Rossi, I’d have a field day with this.

Here’s a notion - execute Level 3 sex offenders.

Not in a deep blue state with a fountain downtown that looks for all the world like a dedication to Man-Boy love.


28 posted on 04/30/2008 9:44:02 AM PDT by RinaseaofDs
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recently Los Angeles Chief of Police William Bratton stated “you can’t fight crime by arresting people” ...


29 posted on 04/30/2008 9:44:47 AM PDT by Republicus2001
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Re: But putting them under bridges, like trolls?

"LOL Why not?"...because htey're likely to grab some unsuspecting woman that approaches, or is in the neighborhood of the bridge.

They should have given him a spot under the lawn at a local cemetery.

30 posted on 04/30/2008 9:45:01 AM PDT by spunkets ("Freedom is about authority", Rudy Giuliani, gun grabber)
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To: XR7

David Torrence has clearly worn out his welcome on this planet.


31 posted on 04/30/2008 9:46:28 AM PDT by wideawake (Why is it that those who call themselves Constitutionalists know the least about the Constitution?)
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Don't be a victim again, Sabrina.

32 posted on 04/30/2008 9:46:32 AM PDT by LongElegantLegs (Kill them with kindness, then taser them for fun.)
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To: livius

That was what the woman in the article said. At the same time, you are suggesting more overcrowding for a penal system that is already bursting at the seams.

While I understand your sentiments and I don’t for an instant discount them, how different from a group home do you suppose it is that high percentages of sex offenders are apt. dwellers with roommates?

I would have thought in a group home there would be appropriate supervision. Evidently that was not the case in CT. Either that, or those thugs made their plans elsewhere.


33 posted on 04/30/2008 9:50:46 AM PDT by Froufrou
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To: LongElegantLegs

That looks a whole lot like my birthday present!


34 posted on 04/30/2008 9:51:56 AM PDT by trussell (I carry because...When seconds count between life and death, the police are only minutes away)
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To: Froufrou
"...he’s fitted with a GPS tracking ankle device?"

Not anymore. See #25.

35 posted on 04/30/2008 9:53:17 AM PDT by spunkets ("Freedom is about authority", Rudy Giuliani, gun grabber)
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To: wideawake
David Torrence has clearly worn out his welcome on this planet bracelet.
36 posted on 04/30/2008 9:55:37 AM PDT by XR7
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I wonder if the bridge was the edge of the town limits and they were hoping he would camp out on the other side of the bridge, or walk away from town so as to become the county problem or someone elses county's problem.
37 posted on 04/30/2008 9:57:12 AM PDT by ReformedBeckite
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To: Republicus2001

“Los Angeles Chief of Police William Bratton stated “you can’t fight crime by arresting people”

I have to see this in context. Do you have a source?

If this is the case, then we can save a ton of money by disbanding the police force.

Everybody packs, and that’s the end of it.

I suppose the courts may be of limited usefulness to in this man’s mind.


38 posted on 04/30/2008 9:57:48 AM PDT by RinaseaofDs
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To: XR7

It’s not only inhumane, but it’s too stupid for words. Let’s give the guy a reason to want to go back to jail by making him sleep under a bridge. Jail probably seems like heaven by comparison.


39 posted on 04/30/2008 10:03:20 AM PDT by Melas (Offending stupid people since 1963)
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To: trussell
You got a Glock 27 for your birthday? I just got one for my anniversary!

Nothing says 'I love you' like a Glock. ;-)

40 posted on 04/30/2008 10:03:28 AM PDT by LongElegantLegs (Kill them with kindness, then taser them for fun.)
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To: spunkets; trussell; XR7; wideawake

That post has a lot of upsetting information in it. Why isn’t he back in on parole violation? That’s what cutting the bracelet was, a violation of his parole.


41 posted on 04/30/2008 10:05:24 AM PDT by Froufrou
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To: LongElegantLegs

Mine is a Glock 30. He teases me that he should have got me a Colt instead...but I’m very happy with my Glock, and just took the CCW proficiency test with my new toy! I got a 242 out of a possible 250 :D


42 posted on 04/30/2008 10:09:06 AM PDT by trussell (I carry because...When seconds count between life and death, the police are only minutes away)
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To: LongElegantLegs

Oh...and congrats on your new toy and happy Anniversary!


43 posted on 04/30/2008 10:10:02 AM PDT by trussell (I carry because...When seconds count between life and death, the police are only minutes away)
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To: XR7

Gee, any idiot could have figured he would run...

Could you imagine having to live under a bridge? Far better to run and find a real place to live.

What is the worst that can happen?

They will arrest you and give you a safe, warm dry place to stay and three meals a day.


44 posted on 04/30/2008 10:12:15 AM PDT by Pikachu_Dad
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To: trussell

Happy Birthday & Congratulations!
I haven’t taken taken my CHL class yet, but I hope I do as well as you did!


45 posted on 04/30/2008 10:16:29 AM PDT by LongElegantLegs (Kill them with kindness, then taser them for fun.)
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To: trussell
Happy birthday! I didn't know it was your birthday until now. Hope you have a good one. (Looks like you got a great present!) :^)

Carolyn

46 posted on 04/30/2008 10:16:59 AM PDT by CDHart ("It's too late to work within the system and too early to shoot the b@#$%^&s."--Claire Wolfe)
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To: Froufrou
"Why isn’t he back in on parole violation?"

He's a troll playing hide and seek. His next target should give him a drawer in the morgue to hide in.

47 posted on 04/30/2008 10:17:56 AM PDT by spunkets ("Freedom is about authority", Rudy Giuliani, gun grabber)
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To: Froufrou

They have a warrant out for his arrest. He is currently a fugitive.


48 posted on 04/30/2008 10:18:59 AM PDT by trussell (I carry because...When seconds count between life and death, the police are only minutes away)
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To: XR7

Maybe they hope someone will go down to this bridge and put paid to this monsters debt to society.

They publish his crime and his location during the hours of darkness, sure sounds like they want him taken out.


49 posted on 04/30/2008 10:21:54 AM PDT by Dr.Zoidberg ("Shut the hell up, New York Times, you sanctimonious whining jerks!" - Craig Ferguson)
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To: LongElegantLegs

Thank you! My birthday is actually today, but I got the present several weeks ago so I could be practicing with it for Sunday’s class.

I’m sure you will do wondfully when you take your class...just don’t allow your anxiety to affect your aim!


50 posted on 04/30/2008 10:22:37 AM PDT by trussell (I carry because...When seconds count between life and death, the police are only minutes away)
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