Sex offender faces prison for failing to register


An Aberdeen sex offender will face a tough penalty for failing to register his new address: three years, seven months in prison.

Harry M. Bangs III, 33, was sentenced Monday in Grays Harbor Superior Court for failing to register as a sex offender for the sixth time. His original conviction in 1995, when he was 15, was for first-degree child molestation in Thurston County. Since then, according to his criminal history listed in this case, he has convictions for theft, burglary and malicious mischief, but no additional sex crimes.

In this case, Hoquiam Police checked on Bangs’ listed address in the 400 block of Queen Avenue. On Nov. 26, but found a different tenant. He registered a new address on Simpson Avenue in Aberdeen Dec. 6.

“This is a stiff price for registering three weeks late,” noted Harold Karlsvik, Bangs’ attorney.

This sentence is the bottom of the standard sentencing range for Bangs, given his history. The top end would have sent him to prison for four years, nine months.

“I apologize for registering late,” Bangs said, saying he had other things going on in his life, like “trying to raise a family.”