- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 21, 2015

PASCO, Wash. (AP) - A judge has fined the Franklin County sheriff $100 for refusing to follow an order to allow a sex offender out on work release.

The Tri-City Herald reports (https://bit.ly/1HgC1E7 ) that Sheriff Jim Raymond said the jail’s rules for work release don’t allow sex offenders to take part.

But Superior Court Judge Cameron Mitchell ordered a man who pleaded guilty to sex crimes to be allowed to go to work with GPS monitoring.

Raymond decided against the order, believing it posed a risk to the public.

Mitchell reversed the order on April 14, calling it an improper. But he fined the sheriff’s office for disobeying the original order.

Raymond paid the fine out of his own pocket, saying it would be an improper use of taxpayer money.

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Information from: Tri-City Herald, https://www.tri-cityherald.com

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