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Child rapist released from custody not listed on state's public sex offender registry

KATU made an alarming discovery Thursday about a potentially dangerous sex offender recently released from Oregon State Hospital. Turns out he's not listed on Oregon's public sex offender registry.

Reynaldo Rios, 63, once raped a 6-year-old girl.

He was just released last week after spending nearly 32 years in custody.

The state Psychiatric Security Review Board issued a warning about him on Jan. 25 and asked Oregon State Police to list him on the state's public sex offender registry. But as of Thursday he's still unlisted.

Rios now lives at the Willow Springs Apartments on Doyle Place in Aloha.

In 1984, he was convicted except for insanity of rape, sodomy, kidnapping and burglary in a violent home invasion and sexual assault of a 6-year-old girl.

Authorities say Rios is currently unsupervised and had to be released because state law says he does not have a mental illness qualifying him to remain in custody. They say they're concerned he may re-offend.

Oregon State Police, which runs the sex offender registry, did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Rios is not the only unlisted sex offender in Oregon -- not by a long shot.

But change may be on the way.

As KATU has reported repeatedly, the state currently only lists about 2 percent of Oregon's sex offenders on its public database. By comparison, Idaho lists 100 percent of its registered sex offenders on its public website. California lists 75 percent, Nevada lists nearly 45 percent and Washington lists about 30 percent.

If you dive further into those details, it gets worse. About 2,000 of Oregon's sex offenders are labeled "predatory," but only about 25 percent of them are listed publicly.

After KATU reporter Joe Douglass approached state Representative Jeff Barker about the issue last fall, Barker said he'd look into it and he now says he's making good on that promise.

Barker, who heads the House Judiciary Committee, is working with Portland police officers on drafting legislation to reform Oregon's sex offender registry.

Details on the proposal are not yet available. But he said Thursday that KATU will be first to know about the bill as soon as it's filed.

Oregon has the most sex offenders per capita in the country.

As KATU reported in October, an overhaul to the registry is already in the works. The deadline for it was pushed back from the end of 2016 to the end of 2018. The state is reclassifying offenders into a three-tiered system and promising to list all of the most serious "third tier" offenders publicly.

The state predicts that will likely only result in 5 to 10 percent of all offenders being listed publicly -- still far below neighboring states.

The head of Oregon's Parole and Post-Prison Supervision Board said last fall they're on track to blow the already pushed back deadline for overhauling the classification system. He told lawmakers unless his agency gets more resources, only about 2,200 re-classifications will be done by the end of 2018.

Oregon currently has about 29,000 sex offenders.

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