Controversial Tenino home for sex offenders called off due to ‘expenses, resources’
From KOMO TV 4, Seattle
A controversial transitional housing facility that was set to move into the Tenino community has been called off due to resources and expenses.
The company that was contracted to operate the home, Supreme Living LLC, announced Tuesday in a statement they will not proceed with the home due to “expenses regarding land use requirements.”
The facility, set on a two-story, 15-acre property, was meant to act as housing for level 3 sex offenders who have completed their prison sentence. The Tenino location was also approved for up to five level 3 sex offenders.
However, many community members have been outspoken at meetings and online, worried about safety and emergency response because level 3 sex offenders are considered most likely to re-offend. The concept even drew criticism from Thurston County Sheriff Derek Sanders, who said he doesn’t think the housing is a good idea because of the rural location and limited resources.
Many community residents expressed their discontent through protests, voicing not only their safety concerns but also that they felt blindsided by the decision.
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