Alert librarian evicts sex offender from Shoreline Library October 4

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Robert R. Porter, a sex offender who served 11 years for sexually assaulting three 10 year old girls, faces permanent confinement at the McNeil Island facility for mentally ill sex offenders after an alert librarian threw him out of the Shoreline Library, located at NE 175 and 5th NE, on October 4.

"...a King County sheriff's detective received a call from Porter's roommate, also a highest-level sex offender.

"The man reported that Porter had been kicked out of a Shoreline library after he was caught staring at young children there two days before. A librarian later told the detective Porter had been hanging around in the children's books section of the library.

"Porter did not deny the allegations, Senior Deputy Prosecutor Hugh Barber said.

"(Porter) admitted he had been at the Shoreline Public Library on Monday, Oct. 4, and that he had been watching little girls," Barber told the court. "He told the detective he was 'fixated' on one of the little girls because she was 'perfect.'

"He expressed his hope that this little girl would go into the bathroom, so that he could follow her in and" sexually assault her."

Sgt. Katie Larsen of the Shoreline Police says, "The KCSO Detective did an incredible investigation and really stayed on top of this, ultimately obtaining a Civil Commitment warrant for the offender."

Julie Brand, spokesperson for the King County Library System, said, "Regardless of the particular situation, all KCLS are well trained on activities that are in violation of KCLS Rules of Conduct and act promptly and appropriately.
"This situation is also a good reminder of what we continually reinforce with parents/guardians: that they are responsible for their child’s behavior, safety, and welfare while in the library. Library employees are unable to assume this responsibility. And because the library is a public place, it may not be wise for children to be left unattended."


Anonymous,  October 15, 2010 at 12:53 AM  

And also be aware that there are instances where children who have previously been sexualized or sexually assaulted, can and do assault or molest younger children.

My son unfortunately was one who was molested by another neighbor boy who was 4 years older. The parents were unable to prevent what I learned were repeated lurings and molestations- not just boys taking off without permission.

After I became privy to what was actually going on, I had to call in the authorities to help out. They told me that I was in the minority (10% of parents) who follow up by getting professional assistance with a case like this. I was of course saddened that any parent would not get past denial, or whatever, in order to do what ever it takes to end the cycle of sexual abuse and get counseling for their children ASAP.

Please, if your child gives ANY clue that sexual abuse has occurred, take the high road and do whatever you need to repair the situation.

In my case, taking it to King County court finally ended the source of the problem and getting counseling through Children's Hospital greatly helped my family recover. Many thanks to Children's, LFP police Department, and King County Courts.

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