Despite violating terms of release, offender will return to Viking Way LRA

UPDATE | Community notification meeting has been moved to Monday, Oct. 21 at 6:30 p.m.

A civilly-committed sexually violent predator, Elmer Todd Gillis, will be returning to the Viking Way Less Restrictive Alternative (LRA) residence in Poulsbo, despite violating the conditions of his release earlier this year and being sent back to the Department of Social and Health Services’ Special Commitment Center at McNeil Island.

Since beginning operation in late 2018, a number of violations have been reported by overseers at the residence which houses multiple Level 3 sexually violent predators, all of whom have been civilly committed under Washington’s Involuntary Treatment Act. Staff at the residence — operated by the DSHS contractor Westsound Support Services — reported multiple violations by Gillis dating back to Feb. 1 and included Gillis accessing the internet without permission and behaving belligerently towards staff members.

Gillis’ crimes date back to 1984 when he was convicted of indecent liberties at the age of 18. In 1990 Gillis was convicted of second-degree rape, in 1993 he was found guilty of fourth-degree assault and second-degree assault with sexual motivation. Additional crimes include trespassing, DUI and domestic violence with simple assault. While incarcerated, Gillis also received multiple behavioral infractions for frottage of female hospital employees.

A community notification meeting concerning Gillis’ return to the residence will be held Monday, Oct. 21 at 6:30 p.m. in Poulsbo City Council Chambers at City Hall.

While Gillis may be returning to the residence, a fight continues to shut down the residence which has been determined by the Kitsap County Department of Community Development and the Kitsap County Hearing Examiner to be operating in violation of county code. According to a July 26 determination, the location of the LRA in the 17000 block of Viking Way, is incongruent with the approved uses per local zoning regulations for rural residential areas.

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