Bonner County Sheriff's Office
County Ordinances
 
 

SEX OFFENDERS

Child Safety


Periodically reviewing the list of registered sex offenders living in Bonner County, and sharing that information with your children is an excellent idea. However, doing so while excluding other information can be dangerous as it instills a false sense of security in both children and adults.  Not all sex offenders have been caught and convicted. Most sex offenses are committed by family, friends or acquaintances of the victim. Therefore, it is important to teach children basic safety practices, and to provide them with information that they can put into practice at an early age.
The Bonner County Sheriff’s Office recommends talking with children about:

  • The danger that strangers can present to children.
  • A touch of private areas of their body is never a secret.  When helping them bathe, or when visiting a physician, contact with private areas are appropriate and not a secret.  Touches they are told to keep secret are inappropriate and they need to tell a trusted adult about it.
  • Having a plan if something happens.  Just like schools perform fire drills so the children know what to do in a fire, parents need to perform safety drills so that if a predator or sexual offender makes an attempt to victimize your child, they will already know what to do.
  • Who the child can go to if they have something to tell or are concerned about something.  There needs to be one person in every child’s life who they know they can talk to about anything, without fear of retaliation/outbursts/disbelief.

The Bonner County Sheriff’s Office takes sex offenses, child physical abuse, and sex offender registration very seriously, and investigates all reports of these crimes thoroughly.  Detectives with specialized training are assigned these cases and work diligently to not only investigate and prosecute offenders, but to educate the public with the goal of reducing the number of new cases each year.
Please feel free to contact Detective Tony Riffel to discuss any of these steps, get more information, or share any concerns you may have.  (208) 263-8417 ext 3021 or triffel@bonnerso.org.

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For for information on sex offenders, click on the following link to connect to the Idaho State Sex Offender Website: http://www.isp.idaho.gov/sor_id/search_cnty.html

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Bonner County Sheriff’s Office

August 3, 2010

The Bonner County Sheriff’s Office seeks your assistance in locating the following individual:

 

                       

             Shawnee Paul Smith & Tattoo on Right Upper Shoulder

Shawnee Paul Smith is wanted on a $100,000 warrant for probation/parole violation and a $40,000 warrant for failing to register as a sex offender.  His date of birth is 8/30/72.   Smith is described as a white male, 5’7” and 175 lbs., brown hair and hazel eyes with a tribal skull tattoo on his upper right thigh and tattoo of a “tear in his skin” with the US flag on his right arm.  (See photo above). 

If you have seen Shawnee Paul Smith, please contact the Bonner County Sheriff’s Office Communication Center at (208) 265-5525.

For further questions, please contact Detective TonyRiffel at 263-8417, ext 3021.
 


Bonner County Sheriff’s Office

August 3, 2010

The Bonner County Sheriff’s Office seeks your assistance in locating the following individual:

                

Frank Matthew Thompson

Frank Matthew Thompson is wanted on a $40,000 probation/parole violation and a $10,000 warrant for failing to register as a sex offender.  His date of birth is 11/12/63.  Thompson is described as a white male, 5’11” and 185 lbs., brown hair and brown eyes.

If you have seen Frank Matthew Thompson, please contact the Bonner County Sheriff’s Office Communication Center at (208) 265-5525.

For further questions, please contact Detective TonyRiffel at 263-8417, ext 3021.

 
 
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