2 sex offenders to get married in Special Commitment Center, a first

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TACOMA — Two sex offenders at Washington state’s Special Commitment Center on McNeil Island are to get married there Thursday, becoming the first two residents to marry each other, The News Tribune of Tacoma reported Monday.

sccHank Pollock, 47, and his transgender bride, Rebecca Elmore, 57, plan to step into a Wiccan circle to exchange vows and rings before being sent back to their respective units, the newspaper said, adding that it will be the first time they are allowed to kiss or hold hands.

“Just because you’re in there, you don’t lose your civil rights,” Chris Case, a spokeswoman for the Department of Social and Health Services, which operates the Special Commitment Center, told the News Tribune. “Washington law says they can get married so they can get married.”

The newspaper said the ceremony will cost the state nothing and there will be no honeymoon. Physical contact will be prohibited.

Keith Elmore, now Rebecca, pleaded guilty in 1995 in Clark County to second-degree kidnapping and second-degree assault with sexual motivation. Pollock was convicted of five counts of sex crimes against children in Kitsap and Thurston counties from 1987 to 1993.

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  • Patty Lessley

    DISGUSTING!!!! They should have NO rights to anything after what they have done! They need to ROT in their cells ALONE!!!!

  • guest

    keeping them in a jail cell to rot their lives away is a waste. now hanging makes more sense because it assures the public that they will never reoffend.

  • guest

    this is wrong on so many levels! you take incarcerated sexual devients and encourage and support further sexual deviency? How can this be helpful in any way? And with taxpayer dollars? This is another example of government waste that will keep me voting NO on ANY tax increase until wasteful spending is addressed with meaningful change.(not the obama kind of change)

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