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Sex offender released in Arlington


James Patrick Buckley, a convicted Level 3 Sex Offender, was released from custody on December 10 and has moved to the 17400 block of SR 530 in Arlington. 

Buckley is 50-years-old and has previously been convicted of first degree child molestation. He has been known to go by one of several aliases, including Travis Barhartt/Barnhartt, James Kelly, and Kevin McCollister/McColletster.

Additional information about Buckley can be found on the Sheriff’s Office “Offender Search”.

According to official records, Buckley pled guilty to the Crime of Child Molestation in the first degree in Kitsap County Superior Court and was given a term of 180 months in prison. In January of 2001 Buckley sexually molested a known eight-year-old female.

Buckley was known to the family and had been over for dinner. The victim’s mother had a couple of beers and passed out. She reported that she felt she had possibly been drugged as the effects of the two beers were overwhelming.

The victim was in her brother’s bedroom when Buckley entered the room and began molesting the victim.

The victim was able to yell and push him away. Buckley was contacted by police and admitted his crime. In 1981 when Buckley was 17 years of age he was convicted of Lewd and Lascivious Acts with a Child under 14 years of age.

Buckley states he and friends were drinking in a park when he confronted an unknown female who was approximately 10 years old and pulled down her pants and states that he may have touched her.

He was committed to the California Youth Authority for 3 years, which was suspended and served 11 months confinement and 3 year’s probation. Buckley declined to attend Sex Offender treatment while in prison. Buckley is on active supervision with the Marysville Office of the Department of Corrections. 360-658-2150.

Sex offenders have always lived in our communities; but it was not until passage of the community protection act of 1990 (which mandates Sex Offender registration) that law enforcement even knew where they were living. In many cases, law enforcement is not able to share that information with you. Citizen abuse of this information to threaten, intimidate or harass registered sex offenders will not be tolerated. Further, such abuse could potentially end law enforcement’s ability to do community notifications. We believe the only person who wins if community notification ends is the Sex Offender, since sex offenders drive their power through secrecy.

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