Kitsap Community Notification meeting to be held in Poulsbo

Kitsap County will be holding a community information meeting in the Poulsbo City Council Chambers at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 6.

The meeting is to inform the public about the placement of a level three sex offender into Less Restrictive Alternative (LRA) housing located on Viking Way in Poulsbo.

The offender has been identified as 66-year-old Raymond John Messmer, who will be released from McNeil Island on Tuesday, Jan. 7.

Messmer has been convicted of multiple counts of sexual assault and burglary since the 1970s.

In 2013 Messmer was deemed by the state to be eligible for LRA placement but was returned to confinement on McNeil Island after finding it difficult to adjust to life in an LRA. In 2018 Messmer became eligible for LRA placement again.

Ther are nearly 22,000 sex offenders in Washington State, 837 live in and are registered within Kitsap County.

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