Joseph Gallard Registers as Sex Offender in King County
SEATTLE (AP) _ A convicted sex offender has made a third attempt to settle down since being released from prison, returning to the same area where an arson fire destroyed his home.
Joseph Gallardo registered Tuesday as a sex offender with the King County police. He said he would be staying temporarily with a relative in Seattle.
When he was released from prison on July 12 after serving 34 months for statutory rape of a 10-year-old girl, an arson fire destroyed the family home in Lynnwood, 16 miles north of Seattle, where he had planned to settle.
He went to Deming, N.M., on July 14, hoping to stay at the home of a brother there, but left three days later after his presence sparked protests.
Gallardo’s whereabouts after that were unknown until Tuesday, when he registered in King County.
Gallardo told KING-TV he returned to the area because his family and friends are here.
″If I can be healthy anywhere it’s going to be right here,″ he said in an interview broadcast Wednesday night.
The Seattle Police Department planned to advise block-watch captains, businesses and schools in the area where Gallardo said he would be living, spokeswoman Vinette Tichi said Wednesday.
″We’re not going to treat him any differently ... we’re not anticipating any problems,″ she said.
Under a 1990 state law, sex offenders released from prison are required to register their location with county law-enforcement agencies. The same law permits authorities to alert local residents in some cases.
Before Gallardo’s release, the Snohomish County sheriff’s office told Lynnwood-area residents that he was ″an extremely dangerous sex offender.″
The house was burned to the ground after a rally by some area residents. No one has been arrested in that case.