They set this man up to fail, IMO. Video is available at the site.
By ROB PIERCY / KING 5 News
EVERETT - A rape victim is speaking out, saying a homeless sex offender isn't getting what he deserves.
Last spring, just three days out of prison, David Torrence fled the state.
He was caught in Arkansas, and today was sentenced for failing to register as a sex offender.
When Torrence was released, he was homeless. So the Department of Corrections drove him to a bridge in Snohomish County, gave him a poncho and a tarp and told him to live under the bridge.
Torrance fled to Arkansas, where his family lives.
"The prospect of having to spend his foreseeable future living under a bridge, with only a poncho and a tarp, affected Mr. Torrence's conduct," said Donald Wackerman, defense attorney.
But it wasn't long before he was arrested and charged with failing to register as a sex offender.
"He was having some difficulty finding a place to live, but that doesn't justify him knowingly breaking the law," prosecutor Laura Twitchell said.
While the state has toughened punishment for offenders who don't register, it's still a class "c" felony, punishable by a maximum of five years. That time includes any community custody or probation.
So in this case, the prosecution and defense asked for an exceptionally low sentence - one year of confinement. That will allow for an additional four years of supervision when Torrence gets out.
The judge followed the recommendation.
"Forcing an individual to live under a bridge could best be described as inhumane," Judge Lucas said.
Last spring, KING 5 spoke to a woman David Torrence raped. She says the DOC assured her Torrence would get at least two years in prison and they'd keep her updated.
But she didn't even know Torrence was being sentenced today until KING 5 called her.
"I'm shocked once again," she said. "Once again he's gotten another slap on the wrist."
When David Torrence is released, he'll likely serve his community custody in Arkansas.