Deschutes County Parole and Probation has approximately 240 offenders under supervision that have been convicted of a sexual offense. Some of these offenders are on probation, which means they appeared before a judge for sentencing and were allowed to remain in the community under supervision, rather than going to prison. Other offenders are on parole or post-prison supervision, meaning a judge sent them to prison and they were subsequently released to the community under the supervision of this department.
During the last decade, nearly every legislative session has resulted in a change in laws specific to sex offenders. Oregon was one of the first states to have enacted both sex offender registration and notification statutes. These statutes have been modified a number of times, with new crimes being added to the list of “registerable” offenses and new requirements regarding notification.
Most sex offenders are released from custody into the community at some point following sentencing or completion of a term of incarceration. Without treatment, many will commit new crimes, either sexual or other offenses. As a result, Deschutes County Parole & Probation Officers make treatment a priority for sex offenders under supervision. We have a strong and dedicated sex offender treatment/supervision team comprised of POs, polygraphers and therapists, as well as other community partners, who meet regularly to ensure we are current in our practices and who help to refine protocol and staff cases and any other issues of concern.
Myths and Facts about Sex Offenders
Myth: Most sexual assaults are committed by strangers.
Fact: Most sexual assaults are committed by someone known to the victim or to the victim’s family, regardless of whether the victim is an adult or a child.
Myth: The majority of sex offenders are caught, convicted and sentenced to prison.
Fact: Only a fraction of those who commit sexual crimes are ever apprehended and convicted. Most of those convicted of sex crimes are eventually released to the community.
Myth: All sex offenders are male.
Fact: Although most convicted sex offenders are male, women commit sex offenses and are convicted as well.