State Supreme Court Says Low-Level Sex Offender Records “Public Record”
A Mesa woman has seen the Washington State Supreme Court side with her, as they overturned a King County Superior court order that banned the release of Level 1 Sex Offender records. The court ruled information about Level 1 offenders, those considered the lowest risk to re-offend, can be released as part of the state's Public Records Act.
Donna Zink of Mesa had utilized the act to attempt to obtain some information about sex offenders, but the King County Court ruled these records were not subject to public disclosure.
The Supreme Court voted 7-1 to override the King County decision. The Washington State Patrol had planned to release these records but some offenders argued the state had blocked their records.
They also claimed releasing the information would allow the possibility of victim's identities being revealed, but the Supreme Court did not agree.