A sex offender has recently moved to the Shorecrest area of Mason County. According to a sex offender information bulletin from the Mason County Sheriff’s Office, 49-year-old Theodore Robert Britton lives on Dogwood Place.
Britton is required to register as a Sex Offender due to a 1989 King County Superior Court conviction of Child Molestation 1st Degree. This conviction stems from when Britton was 19 years old, he sexually assaulted a 15-years-old female that was friends of the family. Britton was also convicted of Assault 2nd with sexual motivation in 1994 for crimes committed in the 1980’s. This involved a young female that was known to him.
For these reasons the King County Sheriff’s Office leveled Theodore Britton as a level 3 Sex Offender. Mason County Sheriff’s Office concurs and has also assessed Britton as a Level 3 Sex Offender.
Level 3 is the highest level given to a Sex Offender, meaning that the subject is at a HIGH RISK to re-offend.
Theodore Robert Britton is 6 feet tall, weighs 280 pounds has brown hair and blue eyes.
And again, Britton now lives on Dogwood Place in the Shorecrest area of Mason County.
The Mason County Sheriff’s Office is releasing the following information pursuant to RCW 4.24.550 and the Washington State Supreme Court decision in State v. Ward, which authorizes law enforcement agencies to inform the public of a sex offenders release when; in the discretion of the agency, the release of information will enhance public safety and protection. The individual who appears on this notification has 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 re-offend. This sex offender has served the sentence imposed on him by the courts and has advised the Mason County Sheriff’s Office that he will be living in the location below. HE IS NOT WANTED BY THE POLICE AT THIS TIME. THIS NOTIFICATION IS NOT INTENDED TO INCREASE FEAR, RATHER, IT IS OUR BELIEF THAT AN INFORMED PUBLIC IS A SAFER PUBLIC. The Mason County Sheriff’s Office 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 chooses. Sex offenders have always lived in our communities, but it wasn’t until passage of the Community Protection Act of 1990 (which mandates sex offender registration) that law enforcement even knew where they were living. In many cases, law enforcement is now able to share that information with you. Citizen abuse of this information to threaten, intimidate or harass registered sex offenders will not be tolerated. Further, such abuse could potentially end law enforcement’s ability to do community notifications. We believe the only person who wins if community notification ends is the sex offender, since sex offenders derive their power through secrecy.