Oregon Loses Track Of 1000+ Convicted Sexual Predators

Wednesday, November 21, 2018
By Paul Martin

by Brock Simmons
November 20, 2018

Another day, another scandal in Oregon. This time, it’s the Oregon State Police and Oregon Department Of Justice who are taking heat for losing track of over 1000 convicted rapists and child molesters. The reason? A loophole in state laws mean that only a small percentage of the sex abusers are required to be listed as registered sex offenders.

And now the state police are trying to cover it all up and blame the legislature.

KATU reports:

“Oregon is home to the most sex offenders per capita in the U.S. The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children says there are currently 679 sex offenders per every 100,000 people in the state. The group says the national average is 274 per 100,000.

Due to complex legal requirements Oregon’s public sex offender website currently only lists about 2.4 percent of the state’s nearly 30,000 registered sex offenders.

KATU also discovered the website does not list more than 1,000 sex offenders the state has classified as predators.

And it wasn’t easy to find that out.

Oregon State Police (OSP), which oversees the state’s sex offender registry, initially tried to charge a KATU reporter $200 for much of the information in this story. But through multiple emails the reporter appealed and OSP gave it to him for free as the agency has in the past.

“If I can tell my story and help only one person, that’s great,” explained Trisha, who said she also hoped to hold the state accountable. The alleged rape survivor asked KATU not to reveal her last name.

Trisha said in February 2016 she met Alberto Baez Jr., 47, in Eugene. The single mother of two girls told KATU she moved in with him in Salem soon after.

“I liked him,” Trisha explained. “He was charming. He was nice. He was funny.”

But then Trisha said something strange happened.

“I kept getting phone calls and messages from people I knew, people I barely knew saying, ‘You know he’s a sex offender, right?’ And I didn’t want to believe it,” she explained, saying one of those people was Baez’s ex-wife.

She said she checked Oregon’s public sex offender website anyway and Baez wasn’t on it.

“So I was like, ‘These are people just trying to, you know, stir the pot,’” she said.

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