SUBSTITUTE HOUSE BILL 2379





                        57th Legislature

                      2002 Regular Session


Passed by the House March 9, 2002

  Yeas 94   Nays 0




Speaker of the House of Representatives







Passed by the Senate March 5, 2002

  Yeas 46   Nays 0



I, Cynthia Zehnder, Chief Clerk of the House of Representatives of the State of Washington, do hereby certify that the attached is SUBSTITUTE HOUSE BILL 2379  as passed by the House of Representatives and the Senate on the dates hereon set forth.




                          Chief Clerk






President of the Senate




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Governor of the State of Washington

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                  State of Washington



                    SUBSTITUTE HOUSE BILL 2379



                     AS AMENDED BY THE SENATE


             Passed Legislature - 2002 Regular Session


State of Washington      57th Legislature     2002 Regular Session


By House Committee on Criminal Justice & Corrections (originally sponsored by Representatives Dickerson, O'Brien, Tokuda, Veloria, Darneille, Chase, Kirby and Lovick)


Read first time 02/06/2002.  Referred to Committee on .

Making it a crime to leave a child with a sex offender. 

    AN ACT Relating to leaving a child with a sex offender; adding a new section to chapter 9A.42 RCW; and prescribing penalties.




    NEW SECTION.  Sec. 1.  A new section is added to chapter 9A.42 RCW to read as follows:

    (1) A person is guilty of the crime of leaving a child in the care of a sex offender if the person is (a) the parent of a child; (b) entrusted with the physical custody of a child; or (c) employed to provide to the child the basic necessities of life, and leaves the child in the care or custody of another person who is not a parent, guardian, or lawful custodian of the child, knowing that the person is registered or required to register as a sex offender under the laws of this state, or a law or ordinance in another jurisdiction with similar requirements, because of a sex offense against a child.

    (2) It is an affirmative defense to the charge of leaving a child in the care of a sex offender under this section, that the defendant must prove by a preponderance of the evidence, that a court has entered an order allowing the offender to have unsupervised contact with children, or that the offender is allowed to have unsupervised contact with the child in question under a family reunification plan, which has been approved by a court, the department of corrections, or the department of social and health services in accordance with department policies.

    (3) Leaving a child in the care of a sex offender is a misdemeanor.


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