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Sex offender's move to Fall City prompts October 16 talk at Library
Fall City residents living in or near the 36400 block of Southeast 56th Street, are being cautioned about one of their neighbors.
This area, across the Snoqualmie River from the Plum boat launch, is home to a Level 3 sex offender, Jonathan Steven Kindle, registered with the King County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO), and under the supervision of the state Department of Corrections (DOC).
Kindle, 28, is one of two registered sex offenders living in Fall City.
Although his move to Fall City is what prompted a community meeting, scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16, at the Fall City Library, he will be a secondary subject at the meeting, discussed after the presenters provide general, but essential, safety information.
“The King County Sheriff’s Office has been doing meetings for all Level-3 offenders for as long as I can remember,” said KCSO Detective Jessica Santos, Kindle’s case supervisor. She will conduct the meeting along with DOC staff and a sexual assault expert from KCSO.
In Washington, sex offenders have been convicted of rape or child rape, and other acts that are considered felony sex crimes under state law. The local law enforcement agency, King County in Kindle’s case, determines the level of each offender. Level 3 designates a person with the highest likelihood to re-offend upon their release.
Most of the meeting will cover community safety information and resources, and the laws about sex offender registration. There will be limited information about Kindle and his crimes, Santos said, to protect the identity of his victims, three girls ages 13, 14, and 15 whom he sexually assaulted or propositioned when he was 18 and 19 years old.
Also, Santos says, people need to be aware that “Most sex offenders are going to be people that we know. They aren’t typically people who jump out of bushes and grab you, although there are some that do.”
One valuable information resource that Santos will discuss at the community safety meeting is the KCSO website (www.kingcounty.gov/safety/sheriff.aspx) and the sex offender search tool (www.kingcounty.gov/safety/sheriff/SOSearch.aspx). Residents can request notifications on offenders within a one-mile radius of their addresses, and can refer to other information on the site such as frequently asked questions, and how to talk to children about having a sex offender in the neighborhood.
Santos said that anyone who has concerns but can’t attend the meeting can contact her at the King County Sheriff’s Office, to talk further.
Kindle is not expected to be at the meeting. He is described as 6’1” and 180 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes. He knew each of his victims, and met them all while fulfilling a community service sentence he received after being convicted of Assault 4th Degree with Sexual Motivation. Santos could not provide details about Kindle’s background, but did say it was possible he’d been living in the area for some time, while her office was reviewing his case to determine his offense level.