Notorious offender returns to College Place

Convicted rapist lived in Western Washington after his release from community custody

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COLLEGE PLACE -- One of the state's most notorious sex offenders has returned to the city.

Joseph Aqui, 58, convicted of rape in the 1970s and imprisoned or civilly confined for decades, had spent the past few years living on the western side of the state in housing with fewer restrictions and was released from community custody about a year ago.

On June 28, he registered his College Place address with the Walla Walla County Sheriff's Office, as required by law.

Aqui's return to the city will be the subject of a community meeting Thursday by law enforcement.

The Walla Walla County Sheriff's Office, working with the College Place Police Department, will be available to answer questions about Aqui and any other sex offenders living in the area at 7 p.m. at the city police station.

Aqui was convicted of first-degree rape in 1973 and was paroled from prison in 1987.

A College Place resident, Aqui returned to his home after the release, but was sent back to prison after violating his parole.

His parole was subsequently revoked.

In 1993, he was civilly committed to the Special Commitment Center on McNeil island under the state's sexually violent predator law, and spent four years.

After living in College Place once again, he returned to the center in 2001 after violating restrictions placed on him upon his release.

Other than violations of his parole and restrictions, Aqui has not been charged with a crime since the 1970s.

He has admitted committing 15 rapes and seven attempted rapes during that decade, mostly in Western Washington. He has never been accused of raping anyone in Walla Walla County.

Aqui was released from community custody on June 6, 2010, and has no requirements or restrictions other than to register with local law enforcement as a level 3 sex offender.


FYI

Information about sex offenders living in the county can be found at ubne.ws/k7TjIK

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