Skip to comments.A bridge as a last resort [Sex offender given sleeping bag and ordered to stay under bridge]
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 ...
Common sense from a left-wing rag?
But putting them under bridges, like trolls?
Wow. That sounds really complicated.
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.
“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.
Lock them up and throw away the key!
...sort of like flushing the toilet...
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?
Do you supose they made him wear a Promise Ring?
Arm 16-year-old girls and maybe his next victim will simply blow his brains out when he attacks her.
“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.
Promise ring.....ankle bracelet..same thing.
“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!
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.
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.
Putting a troll where it belongs.
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.
build an enclosure, toss them into it, and let them sort things out.
> 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.
The ACLU will sue and the perv will get a nice condo.
Maybe he’ll meet Maddie Dullbite under there and they can trap some billygoats together.
He should have been ordered to stay at a council-person's home until he found an opening... of one sort or another.
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.
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.
He has already ESCAPED.
A nationwide warrant has been issued.
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...
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.
Is it just me, or does reading this stuff make your blood boil?
This is common here in Washington state - these convicted perverts are registering as homeless upon release from custody and thus making tracking them difficult.
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.
recently Los Angeles Chief of Police William Bratton stated “you can’t fight crime by arresting people” ...
"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.
David Torrence has clearly worn out his welcome on this planet.
Don't be a victim again, Sabrina.
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.
That looks a whole lot like my birthday present!
Not anymore. See #25.
“Los Angeles Chief of Police William Bratton stated you cant 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.
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.
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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.
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
Oh...and congrats on your new toy and happy Anniversary!
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.
Happy Birthday & Congratulations!
I haven’t taken taken my CHL class yet, but I hope I do as well as you did!
He's a troll playing hide and seek. His next target should give him a drawer in the morgue to hide in.
They have a warrant out for his arrest. He is currently a fugitive.
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.
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!