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Police: Level 3 sex offender moves into neighborhood

Seattle Police have released information on a Level 3 registered sex offender who has moved into East Ballard, just a few blocks from Phinney Ridge/Greenwood.

Timothy Pendleton is 34 years old, white, 6-feet tall and 260 pounds. He has brown hair and blue eyes. His address is in the 1100 block of NW 75th Street.

His offenses include third degree rape of a child, first degree and third degree child molestation, and sexual exploitation of a minor. He is no longer under Department of Corrections supervision.

Information from the Seattle Police Crime Prevention:

Level 3 sex offenders pose the highest risk to re-offend. It is normal to feel upset, angry and worried about a registered sex offender living in your community. The Community Notification Act of 1990 requires sex offenders to register in the community where they live. The law also allows local law enforcement to make the public aware about Level 2 and Level 3 offenders. Experts believe sex offenders are less likely to re-offend if they live and work in an environment free of harassment. Any actions taken against the listed sex offender could result in arrest and prosecution as it is against the law to use this information in any way to threaten, intimidate or harass registered sex offenders. The SPD Sex offender detectives will check on these offenders every 3 months to verify our information.

The single most effective means of protecting your child is communication with your child. They have to feel comfortable discussing sensitive matters with you. Teach your children that they should not be asked to touch anyone in the bathing suit areas of their body or allow anyone to touch them in those areas. Teach them types of situations to avoid. It is not good enough to tell a child to avoid strangers. Please remember that children are most often molested by someone they or their parents know.