A sex offender who registered in Kennewick this month is now a transient living on the streets, according to law enforcement officials.
Michael Sterling Patterson, 40, a Level 3 offender, was convicted in 2002 of three counts of third-degree child rape in Columbia County, officials said. He failed to register as a sex offender in Franklin County earlier this month.
Level 3 offenders are considered the most likely to reoffend and their basic information is routinely posted on county websites.
Patterson is under Department of Corrections' supervision.
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Anyone with questions or concerns can contact the sex offender registration office at 509-735-6555, ext. 384.