Hoquiam police issue sex offender warning

The Hoquiam Police Department has issued a public notice that a Level 2 sex offender from Aberdeen has moved into a residence in the 700 block of Broadway Avenue in Hoquiam.

Police said Steven L. Jordan, age unlisted, was convicted in Grays Harbor of two counts of first degree statutory rape in 1987, along with two counts of possession of a depiction of a minor engaged in sexually explicit conduct. He is described as being 6-foot-2, 245 pounds with blue eyes.

Under state law backed by a U.S. Supreme Court decision, law enforcement agencies are authorized to inform the public of the release of a sex offender or kidnapping offender “when the release of information will enhance public safety and protection.”

While local police jurisdictions are prevented from directing where offenders choose to live, the offenders must register their address when released from custody.

The bulletin on Jordan said he has a “potential to re-offend.”

There are approximately 400 offenders registered to Grays Harbor County addresses, the bulletin said, and about 100 are registered to addresses within Aberdeen city limits.