Sex offender gets eviction notice over fear of bad publicity

KREM 2's Lindsay Nadrich checks in on what exactly is going on with this man's living situation.

SPOKANE, Wash --- A level three sex offender was released to Spokane last year, and is now facing an eviction notice because his landlord was allegedly afraid of negative publicity, even though the tenant was called a ‘model tenant’ by apartment managers.

David McCuistion was served an eviction notice by his landlord at the New Washington Apartments in downtown Spokane. However documents said McCuistion has been a model tenant, so the eviction notice was not because of anything he did while living there. The documents also said the landlord was concerned about the publicity of the apartments.

There was a hearing Friday morning about this case, and the judge ruled McCuistion will stay at his home now.

McCuistion has a long history of sexual violence against women and children. Since his release into the Spokane community, documents and his attorney said he has been following his treatment plan extremely well. Documents said McCuistion only has minor violations, such as talking to someone at the bus stop and letting a woman use his cell phone then texting her back later.

All of the people McCuistion interacts with have to be reviewed and approved by the Department of Corrections.

In November of 2016, McCuistion’s landlord served him with a 20-day notice of termination of tenancy. Two weeks later the eviction notice was rescinded.

Then at the end of last month McCuistion was given another eviction notice that said he had to be out no later than midnight on July 31.

"There is no information in the notice indicating a reason for the termination of Mr. McCuistion's lease and no member of the Transition Team is aware of any behavior by Mr. McCuistion that would have precipitated this action," documents read.

In a recommendation letter McCuistion’s pastor said both managers at the apartment told him McCuistion was a model tenant and said, ”This eviction he has received was from the owner over his fear of television exposure.”

McCuistion’s attorney found a home in the West Central area across from the Spokane Police Detective’s building for McCuistion to move into.

Before he can move in, the DOC has to conduct an investigation to determine if it is the right fit. If so, the Washington Department of Social Justice and Health Services would have to pay for security cameras to be installed so McCuistion could be monitored.

At a hearing Friday morning, the judge ruled McCuistion will stay at his current home for the next few months. The details of the court ruling are not yet available, so it is unclear if the eviction notice was taken back once again, or if McCuistion will stay at the downtown apartment until new housing can be arranged.

McCuistion was released from McNeil Island last year and allowed to move to Spokane. At the time, officials were concerned his release to Spokane set a dangerous precedent. 

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