Crime

Published on February 27th, 2016 | by The Kitsap Scene

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Level 3 Sex Offender Registers to Live in Port Orchard

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Ronald Jay Clayton

A level 3 sex offender has registered to live near Port Orchard, according to the Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office.

The offender is Ronald Jay Clayton, 37. The address he intends to live at is in the 10300 block of Glenwood Road Southwest in South Kitsap County.

“The person named in this advisory has been convicted of a criminal offense that requires registration with the sheriff’s office in the county of residence,” Sheriff Gary Simpson said in a notification. “Further, his previous criminal history places him in a classification level that reflects the potential to re-offend.”

A community notification meeting regarding Clayton is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Monday, March 14, in the Kitsap Room of the Givens Community Center, 1026 Sidney Ave., Port Orchard.

According to court documents, Clayton was convicted in Pierce County of first-degree and first-degree assault after sexually assaulting a woman who was not known to him. The offenses occurred in 1995, when Clayton was 16, according to the notification.

Clayton reportedly pointed a gun at the victim when she answered her door and threatened to kill her. He strangled her until she couldn’t breathe, according to the notification.

The victim managed to escape and called the police from a neighbor’s residence. Police reportedly responded and arrested Clayton.

Clayton has additional convictions for second-degree assault and first-degree burglary in 1993, and failure to register as a sex offender in 2014.

Clayton had infractions while incarcerated, including indecent exposure, fighting, possessing tattoo paraphernalia, refusing to work, strong arming and intimidation, and testing positive for drugs, according to the notification.

As of Feb. 23, there are 21,707 sex offenders who have registered as required by law to live in Washington state. Of those, 840 are registered with the Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office.

“The sex offender listed above has served the sentences imposed on him by the courts,” the notification states. “He has advised the sheriff’s office that he will be living within Kitsap County. This person is not wanted by law enforcement at this time. This notification is not intended to increase fear; rather, an informed public is a safer public. The sheriff’s office has no legal authority to direct where registered sex offenders may or may not reside. Unless court-ordered restrictions exist, registered sex offenders are constitutionally free to live wherever they choose.”

The Community Protection Act of 1990 mandates sex offender registration, which provides civil authorities the means to monitor where sex offenders reside, the notification states.

Use of sex-offender notification information to intimidate, harass or threaten registered sex offenders will result in an investigation and the filing of criminal charges against the perpetrators, the notification states.

The sheriff’s community resource officer, Deputy Schon Montague, is available to assist communities in establishing block or neighborhood watch programs and to provide the public with information on personal safety. He can be contacted at smontagu@co.kitsap.wa.us.

For further information on registered sex offenders within Kitsap County, contact Detective Ken Smith at 360-337-4998.


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