Terrie Johnston, Community Crime Prevention Coordinator recently sent out a communique regarding a sex offender who has moved into a nearby neighborhood. Perhaps this is a good time to renew our vigilance. Terrie’s letter is reproduced below:
Dear Block Watch Captains and Contacts:
In an effort to keep you informed, and in our constant attempts to reduce future victimization, we want to let you know that two Level 3 registered sex offenders have moved into the North Precinct jurisdiction.
Gary Neskey, a white male, 39 years of age, has moved to the 1100 block of N. 84th. Additionally, Nikolai Greff, a 49 year old white male has moved onto the 12000 block of 35 Ave. NE. To learn more about them, visit the website www.waspc.org and search by their name. Det. Gordon from the Sex Offender Detail is assigned to check on these offenders and to verify our information. If you have further questions about this, contact Micelle McRae at 684-5581.
Attached is some safety information for you to share with your neighbors and other Block contacts.
Thanks for your interest and efforts,
Seattle Police Crime Prevention
Level 3 sex offenders pose the highest risk to re-offend. It is normal to feel upset, angry and worried about a registered sex offender living in your community. The Community Notification Act of 1990 requires sex offenders to register in the community where they live. The law also allows local law enforcement to make the public aware about Level 2 and Level 3 offenders. Since this offender has completed his sentence, he is free to live where he wishes. Experts believe sex offenders are less likely to re-offend if they live and work in an environment free of harassment. Any actions taken against the listed sex offender could result in arrest and prosecution as it is against the law to use this information in any way to threaten, intimidate or harass registered sex offenders. The SPD Sex offender detectives will check on these offenders every 3 months to verify our information.
The single most effective means of protecting your child is communication with your child. They have to feel comfortable discussing sensitive matters with you. Teach your children that they should not be asked to touch anyone in the bathing suit areas of their body or allow anyone to touch them in those areas. Teach them types of situations to avoid. It is not good enough to tell a child to avoid strangers. Please remember that children are most often molested by someone they or their parents know.