The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a lawsuit to protect the names and addresses of Level One sex offenders from being released to the public.

The suit comes after a Franklin County woman filed a public records request asking for the information. Benton County refused to disclose the names, so Donna Zink turned to the Washington State Patrol.

Before WSP could release the 21,000 names and addresses, the ACLU filed suit.

In Washington State, Level 1 sex offenders are not required to publicize their personal information unlike Level 2 and Level 3 convicts who are considered more likely to offend.

A King County Superior Court judge has blocked the release of the records until the case can be fully heard.

Zink, who is also the former mayor of Mesa and known for her broad public records requests, said on Facebook that she has spent thousands of dollars of her own money on legal fees but will continue to seek the records.

A hearing date has not been set.

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