Crime

Sex offender moves to rural Benton County

Melvin Dean Rode
Melvin Dean Rode

A level 3 sex offender has moved to a home on Highway 397 near the intersection with Interstate 82.

Melvin Dean Rode, 53, is 6-foot and weighs 200 pounds. He has brown hair and blue eyes.

He has nine sex offense-related convictions dating back to 1994 and was most recently convicted of criminal trespass against children in 2014 in Franklin County.

Rode is living on the 22500 block of East Highway 397 and is currently under supervision by the state corrections department. He has been banned from all schools, parks, libraries and public swimming pools in Benton and Franklin counties.

For more information, visit www.co.benton.wa.us.

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