Former Sex Predator, High Risk Offender in College Place

Former Sex Predator, High Risk Offender in College Place
WALLA WALLA COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE NEWS RELEASE -- The Walla Walla County WA Sheriff's Office, in conjunction with the College Place Police Department, is releasing the following information pursuant to RCW 4.24.550, which authorizes law enforcement agencies to inform the public of a sex offender release when, in the discretion of the agency, the release of information will enhance public safety and protection.

The individuals who appear on such notifications have been convicted of a sex offense that requires registration with the Sheriff's Office in the county of their residence. Further, their previous criminal history places them in a classification level which reflects the potential to reoffend.

This individual has served the sentence imposed on them by the courts. HE/SHE IS NOT WANTED BY THE LAW ENFORCEMENT AT THIS TIME. THIS NOTIFICATION IS NOT INTENDED TO INCREASE FEAR; RATHER IT IS OUR BELIEF THAT AN INFORMED PUBLIC IS A SAFER PUBLIC.

Law Enforcement has no legal authority to direct where a sex offender may or may not live. Unless court ordered restrictions exist, this offender is constitutionally free to live wherever he/she chooses.

AQUI, JOSEPH
Asian or Pac. Isl. Male, age 58 years
Black hair, Brown eyes, 511 220
Residence: 1000th block of SE BIRCH AVE
COLLEGE PLACE
Convicted of: Rape in the first degree
Convicted Date: Jan 1 1973

He was paroled in 1987 and four months later he was sent back to prison for incidents in the College Place area that ended up causing the revoking of his parole.

In 1993 he was civilly committed to the Special Commitment Center (SCC) on McNeil Island for four years under the state's sexually violent predator law.

When he was first released from the Special Commitment Center, 37 restrictions were placed on Aqui. He was required to be on 24-hour electronic home-monitoring and was prohibited from driving, drinking, possessing alcohol, viewing pornography or having a sexual relationship with anyone other than his wife. He was not allowed to enter any school, college, hotel or apartment complex, or have unsupervised contact with women or children outside his immediate family without seeking approval.

However, Aqui was sent back to the Special Commitment Center for three months after he was found in 2001 to having violated the conditions of his release by engaging in a consensual affair with a woman from his church.

Most recently, he has been living under increasingly reduced restrictions in alternative residences, including the Sodo halfway house and a home in Othello. When he left the Sodo house in December 2008, he briefly rented a room in Lake Forest Park but was sent back to the halfway house after he admitted to his therapist that he had "increased thoughts of sex and masturbatory fantasies”.

His MO was to “cruise” college campuses, motels, apartments, and houses where adult females reside and enter without permission through unlocked doors. He has admitted sneaking into residences where women were sleeping and masturbating while touching them. Weapons, if used, have been those of opportunity, found at or near the location of the incidents. His last MO was window peeping. He would go out jogging in the morning and look into windows while he was involved in his running program.

On 06/14/2010, Aqui was released from community custody. He has no requirements or restrictions except for his registration requirements as a level 3 sex offender. He has no travel restrictions or DOC supervision. He is considered a high risk to reoffend.

It is important that EVERYONE be aware of their surroundings continually. The Walla Walla Sheriff’s Office and the College Place Police Department urge those living in our respective communities to take the necessary steps to minimize the chances of becoming a victim of a sexual assault or any other kind of crime.

Further information regarding Mr. Aqui’s release may be obtained from Detective Cristal Harris of the Walla Walla County Sheriff’s Office at the following numbers:

Desk: (509) 524-5407
Cell: (509) 629-2709
FAX: (509) 524-5480

Should Detective Harris be unavailable the College Place Police Crime Prevention Officer Steve Harris could also be contacted. He can be reached at the following numbers:

Office: (509) 525-7773
Cell: (509) 386-1901
FAX: (509) 529-7926
Email: sharris@ci.college-place.wa.us

THERE WILL BE A COMMUNITY MEETING AT THE COLLEGE PLACE POLICE DEPARTMENT ON JULY 7TH AT 7:00PM, THURSDAY TO ANSWER QUESTIONS YOU MIGHT HAVE CONCERNING AQUI AND OTHER SEX OFFENDERS IN YOUR AREA.