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Level 3 sex offender moves into neighborhood

Periodically we receive notices from the Seattle Police Department about sex offenders who have moved into the neighborhood. The most recent notice is about Charles Frere, a level 3 registered sex offender, who recently moved to the 500 block of North 79 Street. He is not under Department of Corrections supervision. According to the King County Sheriff’s Crime Watch website, Frere is a 70-year-old black man with brown eyes, about 5’ 10” and 243 pounds, with a scar on his right forearm. He was convicted in 1979 of rape in the first degree.

You can see his picture on the sheriff’s website. You can also use the website to search for all sex offenders within a certain radius of your home, business or school.

More info from SPD on sex offenders:

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. Since this offender has completed his sentence, he is free to live where he wishes. 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.