April 27, 1998

Local News

Police to hold meeting on sex offender


Toney B. Bates

  by Andrew Walgamott
Staff reporter

   BOTHELL--Bothell Police are alerting area residents and businesses that a convicted sex offender is moving back to the community next month. On May 4, Bothell Police and five other police agencies will host a public meeting to discuss the return of Toney B. Bates, who has notified the King County Sheriff's Office that he will be living in the 15800 block of Waynita Way N.E. when he gets out of prison May 7. Bates, 29, is a level three sex offender and is considered a risk to offend again. He lived at the same address prior to his arrest for two sex offenses that occurred in Kirkland on the same day almost two years ago.
   The meeting will be held at the Eastside Foursquare Church, 14520 100th Ave. N.E. from 7 to 9 p.m. Representatives from the Bothell, Kirkland and Woodinville police departments, as well as the King and Snohomish County Sheriff's Office and Department of Corrections will be on hand with information about sex offenders, and personal and family protection. Bothell Police Captain Bob Woolverton said the meeting would accomplish two goals: alert a large area of the community, and send a message to Bates that he is being watched.
   Fliers being mailed to over 700 residences around Bates' home display a photo of him as well as list his physical attributes. Woolverton said it was the largest mass mailing the city has done on a sex offender. Additionally, police will talk with owners of bars, gyms, health clubs and parks departments about Bates' release. Though Bates isn't wanted by police now, Woolverton said "an informed public is a safer public."
   Offenses becoming more violent
   Police say Bates is becoming increasingly forceful in his attacks. He is being released from Twin Rivers Correctional Facility in Monroe after serving time on concurrent indecent liberties and misdemeanor stalking sentences. Woolverton said Bates has also been involved in other sexually oriented criminal offenses ranging from obscene telephone calls and exhibitionism to simple assault and sexual battery. "[Bates] has a large number of sex-related incidents that over time have become more aggressive and more violent," Woolverton said.
   Bates most recent offenses occurred in Kirkland in July, 1996 when he assaulted a 59-year-old woman who was bird-watching at a park. Bates attacked the victim from behind, placing his hand over her mouth and face and threatened to hurt her. He then pulled her to the ground and attempted to remove her clothing before passersby intervened. Later that day, Bates stalked a 27-year-old woman jogging along Lake Washington Boulevard in Kirkland from his car for 45 minutes until the woman was able to elude him.
   Police say Bates also has a predisposition to sex and alcoholism. While Bates targets adult women, Woolverton said given the disinhibiting properties of alcohol and his "overwhelming, always present sexual preoccupation" the safety of minors near him can't be predicted.
   Release will be monitored
   Conditions of his release include:
   * a 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew;
   * can't possess illegal or controlled substances without the written prescription of a licensed physician;
   * can't purchase, possess or use alcohol;
   * submission to unannounced searches of his person, residence and vehicle to make sure he doesn't have drugs or alcohol;
   * can't frequent bars, taverns or night clubs where alcohol is the primary commodity
   * can't frequent parks, nature trails, greenbelts or any area used by joggers;
   * can't go to health clubs, gymnasiums or other exercise facilities.
   "[The conditions] restrict his movement away from areas he's had incidents in the past, places that serve alcohol, and parks and gymnasiums," Woolverton explained. Bates is being released on 24 months of community supervision. City police, county deputies and the DOC will perform random checks on Bates to make sure he is complying with those conditions.
   Police are allowed to inform the public about sex offenders with the passage of the 1990 Community Protection Act. "But there's a fine line that police must walk. If citizens use the information to threaten, intimidate or harass offenders, such abuse could potentially end community notifications.