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Crook County numbers slightly higher than state average, but similar to other counties in Oregon

A recent study found that Oregon has the most registered sex offenders per capita in the United States.

Additional data provided by the Oregon State Police revealed that Crook County has an even higher number of offenders than the state average, but the local numbers are not high compared to other Oregon counties.

According to a HYPERLINK "https://pamplinmedia.com/ceo/162-news/454399-368883-oregon-leads-nation-in-number-of-registered-sex-offenders-per-capita" Safehome.org study released last week on sex offenders by state, there were 749.06 sex offenders per 100,000 people in Oregon in 2019. This far exceeds the national average of 230.92 per 100,000.

The numbers were compiled after analyzing data from the U.S. Census Bureau, FBI, Department of Health and Human Services and state-level registries from 2019.

According to Oregon State Police Cpt. Timothy Fox, Crook County has 181 registered sex offenders that last reported a residential address or were temporarily staying at a residential address in Crook County. When compared against a county population of 23,440, this comes to 772.18 registered sex offenders per 100,000 residents.

Fox said the number of registered offenders is not high compared to other Oregon counties.

For a sex offender to live, work or attend school in Oregon, they must meet several requirements spelled out in Oregon Revised Statute 163A.

"Slight variations in reporting requirements can be found there," Fox said, "but, generally speaking, most registered sex offenders are to report within 10 days following discharge, release or placement on probation, and within 10 days of a change of residence."

They must also report once each year, within 10 days of the person's birth date, regardless of whether the person changed residence; within 10 days of the first day the person works at, carries on a vocation at, or attends an institution of higher education; and within 10 days of a change in work, vocation or attendance status at an institution of higher education.

Certain information about registered sex offenders in a community is made available to the public, Fox said.

"Per statute, OSP publishes identifying information on the SOR (Sex Offender Registration) Public Facing Website with respect to sex offenders that have been assessed a Level 3 risk level," he said. "If a public safety need can be articulated, members of the public can acquire some information on offenders not posted to the public-facing website by calling or emailing the SOR Section."

In addition to accessing the public information, Fox said the other ways that people can safeguard themselves and others from sex offenders is to "practice situational awareness and report suspected criminal activity to local law enforcement."

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Here are key findings in Oregon:

No. 1 in registered sex offenders per 100,000 people, 749.06.

No. 7 in number of registered sex offenders, 31,032.

No. 19 in reported rapes per 100,000 people, 47.1.

No. 15 in reported rate of child sex abuse victims per 100,000 children, 100.5.

Here are key national findings:

The 10 states with the highest rates of sex offenders are Oregon, Montana, Alaska, Delaware, South Dakota, Wisconsin, Wyoming, Michigan, Kansas and Arkansas.

The 10 states/special district with the lowest rates of sex offenders are New Jersey, Massachusetts, Washington, Arizona, Rhode Island, Maryland, Florida, Ohio, New Mexico and Washington, D.C.


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