SPOKANE-- During the summer, children flock to local pools to beat the heat across Spokane. But as KREM 2 learned, there is no regulation on the books banning sex offenders from living and going to swimming pools.
The Spokane County Sheriff’s Office said when children are having fun, they’re often the most susceptible to danger. There are over 380 offenders living in Spokane County and most are off their active supervision, meaning they can live wherever they want.
The AM Cannon Aquatic Center has 18 sex offenders living within a half mile radius of the complex. Witter and Liberty have similar numbers. Hillyard, Shadle and Comstock all have three offenders or less. Authorities stress there are no violent sexual predators currently living in Spokane. Those particular offenders have stipulations on where they can live and are usually confined.
The Sheriff’s office said the most dangerous place in this situation isn’t the pool itself but rather the walk there. Deputies encourage parents to walk with their children and know what warning signs to look out for.