A homeless sex offender released to Benton County last week after serving 20 years in prison has officially changed his name.
John D. Babcock, 60, identifies himself as transgender and presented documents to Benton County sheriff's officials this week that shows his legal name now is Sarah Babcock, authorities said.
Babcock was convicted in 1997 in King County of 13 counts of indecent liberties, two counts of attempted indecent liberties and one count of first-degree statutory rape. The offenses involved six young girls and one boy and occurred from 1986-88.
Babcock, who went by the name John when he was arrested in 1992, used his position as a Girl Scout leader to sexually assault two of his victims.
Babcock was sentenced to 28 years in prison and was released Feb. 14 from the Washington State Penitentiary in Walla Walla after serving about 20 years.
Babcock did not participate in sex offender treatment programs while in prison. He is classified as a Level 3 sex offender, meaning his is considered by law enforcement officials as being highly likely to reoffend.
Babcock is not wanted by police, but is required to tell them where he is living. He is registered as a transient in Benton County, which means he doesn't have a permanent address. He is required to make weekly check-ins at the sheriff's office.