Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Level III Sex Offender Status Change

Jeffrey Dean Smith
35 year of age white male
5'08", 235 lbs, brown hair, hazel eyes
Transient - Benton County

Indecent Liberties - Fort Knox, KY, 07/08/2011
Aggravated Sexual Abuse - Fort Knox, KY, 07/08/2011
Smith was a resident of Richland but is now registered as a TRANSIENT in Benton County.  Smith's crimes were committed against an adult female while serving in the U.S. Army.  Smith was originally rated a Level I sex offender but raised to a Level II after multiple reports of him making inappropriate sexual comments towards citizens and young children while facilitating the Horn Rapids Community Pool.  Smith's level was raised to a Level III after reports of his continued inappropriate behavior and the fact that he is now living as a TRANSIENT. Smith is NOT currently on Department of Corrections supervision.

·   The treatment of sexual offenders does not guarantee they will or will not commit another offense.
·   This information is provided in accordance with RCW 4.24.550.  The Richland Police Department has no legal authority to direct where a sex offender may live.  Unless court ordered restrictions exist, the offender is constitutionally free to live wherever he chooses.
·   Citizen abuse of this information to threaten, intimidate, or harass registered sex offenders will not be tolerated.  Such abuse could end our ability to do community notifications.
·   The Sexual Assault Response Center is available 24 hours a day to provide advocacy, information, referrals, and crisis intervention for victims of sexual violence.  Please give them a call for support or information pertaining to sexual assault at 374-5391.
For additional information and safety tips regarding registered sex offenders in your area log into the Benton County Web site at or contact Richland Police Department Detective Athena Clark at 509-942-7354 or by email at
Media contacts should call Cpt. Mike Cobb, 509-942-7362.