SHARE: Sex offender removed from shelter

A sex offender who has been living at the Calvary Lutheran homeless shelter in Loyal Heights has been removed, SHARE confirmed to My Ballard today.

This weekend a My Ballard reader posted a notice in the forum claiming that a Level III sex offender was living at the church for a few weeks. We spoke with Alan at SHARE this morning, and he confirmed a sex offender moved into the shelter on August 21st. Alan said they discovered the man’s background on Saturday, and SHARE members removed him on Saturday night.

Neighborhood members of the task force set up to monitor the shelter reacted in an email this morning. “We have communicated to [Our Redeemer’s Pastor] Steve Grumm our extreme disappointment, concern, and frankly, anger that this situation was allowed to occur,” they wrote. “We have demanded that rigorous screening for sex offenses be immediately implemented for each prospective shelter resident before he is allowed to use the shelter.”

Despite the neighborhood’s repeated requests, SHARE refused to conduct sex offender checks, even calling them “un-American.” Alan says that the discovery of this sex offender does not change their stance. “We’ve never had a problem,” he said. “It doesn’t change anything.” We spoke with one neighbor who lives near the church. “This is what we were concerned about,” he tells us. “They are no longer welcome in my neighborhood.”

The neighborhood task force said it will be meeting with Pastor Grumm soon to discuss how the screening will be implemented. We have contacted Pastor Grumm for a comment, and will post it as soon as we hear back.
(Thanks Shanedillon for your forum post!)

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shanedillon
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shanedillon

I don't blame Our Redeemers in any way other than they were perhaps too trusting of SHARE. I just hope this does not happen again.

anon
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anon

Where are sex offenders supposed to go then? Seriously. After serving their sentence, where are they supposed to go? Living on the streets is not going to rid our world of sex offenders. If they don't have a place to get back on their feet or receive rehabilitation, you and your loved ones are still never going to be safe.

shanedillon
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shanedillon

I don't know where they should go.

But let's be accurate and name things what they are, like if the shelter is a shelter that will house sex offenders, then say it is. Don't say 'We Don't house sex offenders' when they do.

I have absolutely nothing wrong with homeless shelters, prisons, or sex offender housing as long as the majority people around it are fine with it. It is not right when the majority rule against something (and in some cases like this shelter) vote against it to go ahead with something.

It is 'Our Backyard' so it is fine to say 'Not In My Backyard' if you wish.

One voice, one vote right?

I hate arguing with a church that is just trying to help people but at the same time have been taught to stand up for my beliefs.

Just having a roof over your head is not what I would call rehabilitation.

Giz
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Giz

http://www.myballard.com/2009/04/22/share-sex-o

Why is it “unamerican” for SHARE to run sex offender checks at the Calvary Lutheran site when they have been running them since 2004 at their Tent City 4 on the Eastside? Please, ask yourselves that question? Unless they knew they had something to hide, there is no other explanation.

This previously written “My Ballard” story mentions and links evidence that SHARE runs outstanding warrant/sex offender checks at their Tent City 4 locations on the Eastside.

SHARE can run the checks here, they simply refused.

” Alan says that the discovery of this sex offender does not change their stance. “We’ve never had a problem,” he said. “It doesn’t change anything.”

IT CHANGES EVERYTHING! This is a problem. This LEVEL 3 SEX OFFENDER/CONVICTED CHILD RAPIST would have never been removed from Calvary Lutheran were it not for Shane posting this information to the “My Ballard” forum and making it public which then forced SHARE to act.

Our Redeemers needs to shut this down

ballardgiant
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ballardgiant

As predicted, SHARE lies and puts the community at risk. Level 3 CHILD RAPIST huh? Nice.
“Oops we didn't know” is not acceptable.

Stripper
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Stripper

I thought SHARE members just 'looked them in the eye' to screen them? Who would have thought that would be fool proof.

neighbor
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neighbor

There is no rehabilitation with the SHARE program. It is a self governed oragnization of homeless people. The front man has been “homeless” for 20+ years. There are people to do need a safe warm place to sleep but this group is not really about helping them get back on their feet and they certainly DO NOT care about the neighborhood. I have two girls pre teen and teen. We are only 3 houses away from the shelter. (Interesting that it is no longer even being refered to as a church) One of the stipulations for allowing it to be in the building was active church memebers onsite I have not seen them at all. The fact that a level III sex offender was there means that they do not take precautions prior to letting these men have access. This is just one of them that they found out was an offender. They need to go. It is my “backyard” and my children should not be potentially in danger from SHARE's lack of responsibility to the nieghborhoods that host them. If Steve Grumm and his church still want to help this organization move the shelter to the active church he… Read more »

Stripper
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Not in a residential neighborhood with parks and day care centers. Plenty of areas, like SODO where these fine folks can be housed. They might even find jobs.

Jennifer
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Jennifer

Soo….let me get this straight: A sex offender can rent/buy a house in Ballard, but not be in a homeless shelter?

That doens't sound right to me.

Stripper
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Stripper

“We’ve never had a problem,”

Wow, welcome to the fact-free zone. Maybe when they look 'em in the eye they see themselves?

strike
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strike

As a member of the neighborhood that was opposed to this shelter, I take no pride in the fact that our concerns have materialized already. The only reason we learned about this sex offender is because he apparently had his mail forwarded to that location. SHARE's “look you in the eye” screening method obviously didn't work. Of course, that screening method will never work. People worked along side the Green River killer for decades and didn't know what he was doing in his spare time. How many other people in that shelter are sex offenders, who simply have not been discovered because they didn't make the error that this one gentleman did?

SHARE's approach to protecting the neighborhood is grossly negligent. And Our Redeemers is complicit in that approach. They will both be held legally responsible if something happens to a child in our neighborhood.

Stripper
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Stripper

1. Sex offenders of any stripe are not allowed to live near parks or day care centers both of which are near the shelter.

2. Whether or not they can is not the issue. SHARE promised the community this would not happen and it did.

Truth Detector
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Truth Detector

SHARE is lying. They have had problems with sex offenders. The documented cases are endless and are part of the public record that has resulted in Tent City 4 being required to run these checks at every location they go to (however there is no evidence SHARE is running these checks on anything but a token basis). An example is the very first location where SHARE put Tent City 4 in Bothell. A sex offender with repeat offender status had been living in Tent City 3 for some time. He was stalking a resident of the camp. That resident moved to Tent City 4 for safety reasons. She was followed there by this sex offender who continued to stalk her. Eventually he caught her alone and raped her. When St Brendon's church was contacted to inform them of the rape, and was asked for help for the victim, their response was to send their lawyer down to make sure they were not liable. There is nothing “unamerican” about running a sex offender check before allowing someone to be unsupervised in a shelter located in a residential community. In fact it is unamerican to hide this information from people as SHARE… Read more »

shanedillon
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shanedillon

I don't think they can rent or buy if it is near any existing schools or daycares. The shelter issue is a loophole in the law that allows offenders to be close to such places.

That law needs to change. Churches and Shelters are not sanctuary and offenders aren't The Hunchback of Notre Dame.

Non-rapeist athiest
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Non-rapeist athiest

you had me until the atheist part, really how does that relate to anything.

Had they screened for sex offenders and made them notify the neighborhood I would have less of an issue, but by encouraging non-compliance with the reporting rules they have crossed a line. Yes sex-offenders need to go someplace too, but we as a community have a right to know who they are so that we can take appropriate action to avoid becoming their next victom.

NoraBell
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NoraBell

'We've never had a problem.' Well, sir, you've got one now. If you ignore the concerns of the neighbors and something like this happens, said neighbors will cause problems. And rightly so.
If SHARE is going to behave this way they need to put the shelter further away from schools, daycare, and parks.

Michael Snyder
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Michael Snyder

SODO objects to having sex offenders housed there too. The city even filed a lawsuit against it.

http://www.thefreelibrary.com/City+files+suit+t

wiseacre
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wiseacre

sex offenders can't live near parks?

I've never heard that one before.

As others have pointed out, they can rent or buy right next door to you and you'd have nothing to say about it.

Register them, make them list their current address, and keep an eye on them. it's that simple.
Does getting rid of this one offender really make it safe to allow your pre-teen daughters to run around outside naked?

Giz
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Giz

Washington State court records list 12 separate cases for this Level 3 Sex Offender, Jonathan F. Schoppet.

In addition, King County Jail look-up records show that Jonathan Schoppet was in jail from 4/20/09 and released on 8/17/09.

NOTE: THIS LEVEL 3 SEX OFFENDER/CHILD RAPIST WAS RELEASED FROM KING COUNTY JAIL ON 8/17/09 AND ACCORDING TO THE ABOVE STORY CHECKED INTO THE CALVARY LUTHERAN SHELTER ON 8/21/09 4 DAYS AFTER HE WAS RELEASED!

shanedillon
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shanedillon

I hope the proposed Compass Center shelter does screening or I will be campaigning against that.

kim
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kim

exactly. consider the neighborhood.

kim
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kim

is share a non profit? or are they turning their heads since there's money involved?

Giz
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Giz
Giz
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Giz

Non profit

I said so
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I said so

SHARE is a non-profit. It is funded in part by the City of Seattle i.e. you and me.