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 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 Phil Stella to discuss any of these steps, get more information, or share any concerns you may have. (208) 263-8417 ext 3055 or firstname.lastname@example.org