A level 2 sex offender has recently moved to Orcas Island.
The San Juan County Sheriff’s Office released a notification on March 14 that Cleland Eugene Frank, 66, has taken up residence in the 600 block of Foster Point Road.
According to the National Sex Offender Registry, Frank was convicted of child molestation in the first degree in 2001. The registry reported that the victims were girls between the ages of three and 13 and were known to him. Frank was released in 2009. His last residence was in Mt. Vernon, Wash.
Sheriff Rob Nou said the notification of level two and three sex offenders in island communities is for public awareness and to allow law enforcement to track these individuals.
Level 2 and 3 are offenders who pose the greatest risk and the potential to re-offend. Nou estimates that about 30 level one sex offenders are residing in San Juan County. Currently two level 2 sex offenders live on Orcas and one level 3 sex offender has recently moved to San Juan Island. Nou said this is the first time a level 3 offender has move to the islands.
“The whole idea of the notification of the offender is to provide information for awareness,” Nou said. “Providing a photo and some background creates awareness, so you can make sure the kids or grand-kids are aware and maintain a sense of vigilance.”
Anita Castle, director of Domestic Violence Assault Services, urges parents to educate themselves on the facts regarding child sexual abuse.
“Read up on the subject from experts in the field, not alarmists who miss the facts and enlarge the panic,” she said.
Castle recommends that if something feels “off” with your child, “trust your instincts” and “check it out immediately.”
Signs that a child is being abused may show up as behavioral – a child who was once happy and content may start acting out or become withdrawn and overly emotional. Achievement at school might suffer and their interest in hobbies and friendships decline. They may also experience changes in appetite, nightmares, bed-wetting, increased anxiety or depression.
“Be aware of the grooming tactics used by people who sexually abuse children and make everyone in your circle earn your trust,” Castle said.
For more information, call Kim Bryan, DVSAS assistant director and prevention specialist at 468-3788 or 378-8680.