KINGSTON — A level 3 sex offender has re-registered with the Sheriff’s Office as now residing in the 12000 block of NE Douglas Drive, Kingston.
Jeremy David Lelko, 34, is described by the Sheriff’s Office as 6 feet 1 inch, 210 pounds, brown hair and green eyes.
A community notification meeting concerning Lelko’s residency was held Oct. 2 in the Kingston Community Center. The Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office released information about Lelko’s residency pursuant to RCW 4.24.550, and a state Supreme Court decision in State vs. Ward, regarding public notification of the anticipated residency of convicted sexual offenders.
In a press release, Sheriff Steve Boyer said Lelko’s criminal history places him in aclassification level that “reflects the potential to re-offend.” Lelko has served the sentence imposed on him by the courts and 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 press release stated.
According to court documents, Lelko was convicted of child molestation, 3rd degree, in 1998 for having a sexual relationship with a 14-year-old girl. In 2000, he was convicted of child molestation, 1st and 2nd degree, after sexually assaulting two seven-year-old girls and a nine-year-old girl. The victims were known to Lelko, according to the Sheriff’s Office.
As a juvenile, he was convicted for burglary (two counts), possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, and operating a motor vehicle after consuming alcoholic intoxicants.
While in prison, Lelko was charged with numerous infractions. He refused to participate in sex offender treatment while incarcerated, according to the Sheriff's Office.
As of Sept. 24, there are 20,967 sex offenders who have registered as required and are living in Washington state. Of this number, 552 are registered with the Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office and live at addresses within the unincorporated areas of the county. There are 269 registered sex offenders who reside at addresses within the city limits of incorporated municipalities, 102 are in jail or prison, and 22 are transient.
The Sheriff’s Office has no legal authority to direct where a registered sex offender may or may not reside. Unless court-ordered restrictions exist, offenders are constitutionally free to live wherever they choose.
According to the Sheriff’s Office, sexual offenders have always lived within our communities. “It wasn’t until passage of legislation entitled the Community Protection Act of 1990, which mandates sex offender registration, that law enforcement even knew where they were living,” the Sheriff’s Office notification states.
“Abuse of information provided through the sex offender notification process, in order to intimidate, harass or threaten registered offenders, will result in an investigation and the filing of criminal charges against the perpetrators. Such abuse could potentially end law enforcement’s ability to conduct community notifications. The only person who ‘wins,’ if community notification is halted, is the registered sex offender, as sexual offenders derive their power through secrecy.”
Deputy Schon Montague, the sheriff’s community resource officer, is available to assist communities in establishing block or neighborhood watch programs and to provide the public with information on personal safety. He may be contacted at (360) 692-7746.
For more information on registered sex offenders within Kitsap County, contact Detective Doug Dillard at (360) 337-5617.