BREMERTON — The Bremerton Police Department issued a notice informing residents that a level 3 sex offender moved to the 1000 block of Ninth Street in Bremerton.
Ryan L. Nanez, 31, registered to reside there reflecting a change of address within the city.
Nanez is described as a white male, 5-feet-10-inches tall, about 241 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes.
According to official court documents, Nanez was convicted in 2001 of aggravated sexual assault of a child in the first degree; and in 2000, was convicted of indecency with a child sexual contact in the second degree in Randall County, Texas.
As of Aug. 15, there are 21,251 sex offenders registered (as required since Feb. 28, 1990) and are living in Washington state. Of those, 831 are registered to live in Kitsap County; 218 are registered to addresses in the City of Bremerton.
The Bremerton Police Department reminds it has no legal authority to direct where a sex offender may or may not live. Unless court ordered restrictions exist, offenders are constitutionally free to live wherever they choose. The BPD issues notices to the community following the Community Protection Act of 1990, before which police departments didn’t know where offenders lived. Citizen abuse of this information to threaten, intimidate or harass registered sex offenders is not tolerated.
“Such abuse could potentially end law enforcement’s ability to do community notifications,” the press release states. “We believe the only person who wins if community notification ends is the sex offender, since sex offenders derive their power through secrecy.”
If interested in setting up a community watch, the Bremerton Police Department Community Resource Unit is available to help with that, and provide useful information on personal safety. They can be reached at 360-473-5231. Anyone with information regarding current criminal activity are encouraged to contact the Bremerton Police Department.
Michelle Beahm is the online editor for the Kitsap News Group. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.