May 11, 1998

Local News

Bothell sex offender arrested, released

  by Woodinville Weekly staff

   BOTHELL-A 29-year-old sex offender who was briefly arrested and jailed was back at his Bothell home Friday morning. Toney B. Bates, a former Canadian Football League player, was arrested last Thursday morning on an outstanding felony fugitive warrant from Santa Clara, California. He was arrested when he went to notify the King County Sheriff's Office that he was moving to Bothell after his release the same day from Twin Rivers Correctional Facility in Monroe. Sex offenders are required to register their whereabouts with police.
   But when police ran Bates' name through a national crime database the felony fugitive warrant turned up, according to Sheriff's spokeswoman Joanne Elledge. According to Bothell Police Captain Bob Woolverton, the warrant stems from a party where a woman in her late 20s said she awoke to find Bates kneeling in front of her, kissing and fondling her. He later lay on top of her and made lewd comments before she fought him off. The warrant was filed in January, 1996.
   When police officials here called Santa Clara, officials there said to hold Bates, Elledge said. Bates was then booked into King County Jail. But later Santa Clara modified their warrant to say Bates was wanted only in California. He was released from jail at about 6 p.m., according to prison officials. Bates also has a warrant from Calgary, Alberta for allegedly touching a woman at a health club.
   Woolverton said he was meeting with Bates last Friday to discuss the conditions of his release, and how police plan to enforce those rules. Police held a community meeting on Bates' release from prison early last week. He was serving time at Twin Rivers for stalking a woman and assaulting another. About 200 people attended the meeting.