Report: Sex offender released from jail accused of rape six days later

gavelSEATTLE — A sex offender arrested for allegedly failing to register and then released from jail without bail by a judge has been accused of kidnapping and raping a woman less than a week after his release, The Seattle Times reported Friday night.

Ricky Lee Lewis, 55, a Level 3 sex offender, is accused of kidnapping and raping an 18-year-old woman on March 20 in north Seattle – six days after he was released from jail on personal recognizance, the Times said.

According to the Times, the judge who released him without bail, King County Superior Court Judge Ronald Kessler, said on Friday: “I’m sorry I was wrong, but that was my judgment at the time. Judges take risks every day. The only way to avoid that would be to keep everybody in jail as long as possible, but that’s the easy way out.”

Kessler told the newspaper that at the time he declined to set bail for Lewis, no evidence had been presented to him by prosecutors to indicate Lewis would commit a violent crime.

Lewis had been convicted of two rapes in the 1990s and served 10 years in prison before he was released in 2003, the Times said. Last year, according to the paper, Lewis stopped making his required weekly check-ins as a transient sex offender with the King County Sheriff’s Office, and that led to his arrest and failure-to-register charge.

7 comments

  • Mr Holmes

    Everyone has to be held accountable for their actions. The judge in this case made a decision based on the facts that were in front of him, it was the prosecution that failed to present that info to the judge. The prosecuter may have been bought or he/she is just not doing their job correctly. I think theyre all guilty by association

  • Valigator

    The public needs to be aware as budgets get tighter your families safety will be proportionate to their cost cutting measures. It is more important than ever to access the registry and KNOW who is in your airspace. The registry was written with the blood and tears of many victims and while the registry wont "save" anyone it was never intended too. Its a "tool" to allow the public to access those convicted of sexually based crimes which have a horrendous rate of recidivism, despite what some may want to infer otherwise. The courts are notoriously fallible in this issue and the daily headlines prove it. Sex offenders are an invasive species that need eradicating ,not reintegrating into society . There should be a bounty on them.

  • Dale

    I have to agree with Mr. Holmes as well as Valigator. However, the judge had a clear-cut definition of this person's capabilities. He was designated a LEVEL #3 offender. That means he WILL re-offend in all likelihood. No other proof needed to be given by the prosecutor. This man should still be in jail for failure to register. Hopefully, this incompetent judge is gotten rid of and someone who can comprehend the laws as written for these types of crime can be put in his place. That young lady will have to carry the memory of that experience for the rest of her life.

  • Alana

    seriously blaming the judge would be like blaming GOD for us sinning thats just insane hold this scum bag responcible for his own crime I am so fed up with people trying to put the blame on someone other than the person commiting the crime. but our system is flawed the death pently should be within the year that a person is sentenced to death, murder should be automatic death sentence…that would give the prison room for all the others.

    • Dale

      I agree with what you say about holding him responsible for his crime. The judge in this case failed to do just that. He did not hold this 'scum bag' for failing to register. There is a clear-cut law on the books to help keep these people in check. Granted, that doesn't mean that he won't go out and harm someone else, but it does usually deter them from committing these types of crimes. Normally, when one of these LEVEL #3 registered sex offenders goes off the grid by not checking in and registering, it is only a matter of time before they do re-commit. Now, the judge, in not doing his job, has allowed this 'scum bag' to harm another young woman. As I said, she will have to live with that for the rest of her life. Hopefully, when this man gets to court this time, there will be a much longer sentence with no early out. If it is his third offense, then, finally he is gone for good. This judge should be held accountable for failure to do his very important part in keeping that young woman safe.

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