Community members concerned after sex offender released

Some community members are concerned since officials said he doesn't feel he is ready to be released from prison.

Posted: Apr 13, 2018 6:19 PM

CORVALLIS, Ore. -- Community members are speaking out after the Benton County Sheriff's Office released a sex offender back into the community. 

Jacob Anderson, 28, is listed as a Level III sex offender. Anderson is on post-prison supervision until Jan. 11, 2022 for rape, sex abuse, and delivery of marijuana to a minor. Officials said he has admitted being sexually attracted to teenagers and having a sex addiction. 

After his release Thursday he has been living at the Benton County transition center in downtown Corvallis. Officials said he will be living there for about 90 days until he can find a job and another place to live. Officials said this center will help him reintegrate into the community.

However, some community members are concerned since officials said he doesn't feel he is ready to be released from prison. 

"Having been a victim myself, I really believe the judiciary system should have looked at it a little closer before they released him back into society here in Corvallis," Maria Seals, a community member, said.

Others said they trust the system.

"I think it's fair to try and give this person and the system the benefit of the doubt," Jay Kasbohm, another community member, said.

Regardless, officials said they don't have a choice. Sheriff Scott Jackson said his office doesn't determine if Anderson is ready or not. He said Anderson fulfilled his sentence in state prison and holding someone after that would be illegal.

"They have to be released when their sentence is over," Jackson said. "Even if we had someone in our local jail that says 'Hey, I don't want to be released,' we have no authority or jurisdiction or responsibility to keep them."

Jackson said they always have some concerns when releasing people back into the community, but said in the transition center, they will be able to monitor and supervise him.

The center is staffed 24 hours a day and has cameras and audio monitoring. Anderson won't be allowed to have contact with minors and he will be restricted from going anywhere children might be, like churches, libraries, schools or even bus stops. Officials said they will keep track of him through an ankle monitoring device.

Anderson will be under supervison until 2022.

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