Vancouver rape raises questions about Washington law

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by DREW MIKKELSEN / KING 5 News

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Posted on April 20, 2012 at 5:30 PM

Updated Friday, Apr 20 at 5:54 PM

The arrest of a 19-year-old registered sex offender has parents upset about a Washington state law.

Jeremiah Thompson is accused of raping a 14-year-old girl who attends the same high school in Vancouver, Wash. In 2009, he was accused of molesting a child and trying to rape his mother.

Only Thompson's teachers and a few administrators at Prarie High School knew about his past. Under state law, only law enforcement officers can notify the community about the presence of a sex offender, meaning school officials had to keep quiet.

State Sen. Mike Carrell (R-Lakewood) has been trying to change that law. "Their rights under state law are at least equal to the rights of any other child ... and they should not be," he said.

This isn't the first time the law has been questioned. In 2010, Jose Reyes, an 18-year-old registered sex offender, was accused of raping a classmate at Seattle's Roosevelt High School. No parents or students knew about Reyes's past.

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