April 21, 2015

Franklin County sheriff fined for refusing to allow sex offender on work release

4-21-15 Washington:

Franklin County Sheriff Jim Raymond was fined $100 after refusing to allow a sex offender into work release.

Raymond said the jail’s rules for work release do not allow sex offenders to take part in the program. But Superior Court Judge Cameron Mitchell ordered a man who pleaded guilty to felony sex crimes to be allowed to leave the jail to go to work with GPS monitoring.

Raymond and jail Commander Stephen Sultemeier discussed the issue and decided not to honor the order because of the risk the offender posed to the public, Raymond said. Mitchell reversed the order on April 14, saying it was improper to order work release. But he fined the sheriff’s office $100 for disobeying the original order.

Raymond payed the fine out of his own pocket Tuesday, saying the fine would be an improper use of taxpayer money. ..Source.. by Tri-City Herald

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