Decision on release of sex offender information expected in coming weeks

Tri-City HeraldDecember 20, 2013 

— A Tri-City judge said he’ll make a decision in the coming weeks on whether low-level sex offender information will be released to a Mesa woman.

Judge Bruce Spanner listened to arguments from Tri-City lawyers and Donna Zink during a three-hour hearing Friday in Benton County Superior Court. The two sides argued whether personal information of Level 1 sex offenders is public information that can be released under the state Public Records Act.

Spanner said he needs time to review case law and the arguments before he makes his ruling in the next few weeks.

The ruling -- which comes after months of legal battles -- will determine if Zink can receive the names, birthdays, phone numbers, pictures and other information of about 400 Level 1 offenders.

Registration information for Level 2 and 3 offenders, who are considered more likely to reoffend, is routinely posted on sheriff office’s websites.

Zink has argued that people have the right to know about any convicted sex offenders living or working near them.

Currently there are several temporary injunctions preventing county and state officials from releasing the information.

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