Washington’s high court OKs releasing names of low-level sex offenders

The personal information of thousands of low-level sex offenders could soon become public after Washington’s highest court ruled in favor Thursday of releasing a statewide database to a Franklin County woman.

The Supreme Court’s 7-2 decision reverses a ruling in King County Superior Court that the State Patrol couldn’t release the names, addresses and other information of Level 1 sex offenders to Donna Zink.

The decision clears the way for Zink, of Mesa, to reveal the identities of thousands of Level 1 offenders — considered the least likely to reoffend — whose names were previously protected by law-enforcement agencies. Continue…