Level three sex offender moves into Newcastle neighborhood

May 25, 2010

By Staff

King County Sheriff’s deputies held a meeting at Newcastle City Hall on May 20 to inform residents in the city and the surrounding school districts about a newly registered Level 3 sex offender.

Joseph Pershing Hemmert, 64, lives in the 7000 block of 122nd Avenue Southeast.

A Level 3 offender is most likely to re-offend.

Hemmert was convicted of molesting an 8-year-old at a roller skating rink in 1965 and was released in 1968. In 1970, he was convicted for luring two minor girls away from a store and molesting them at his home. He was released in 1972. In 1990, he was convicted for molesting two 7-year-old boys and a 6-year-old girl at his home. He was released in 1993.

He has been known to target children between the ages of 5 and 12 and frequents areas where children congregate.

Hemmert is 5 feet, 8 inches and weighs about 250 pounds. He has green eyes and gray hair.

The Issaquah School District sent out an e-mail notice to families in the area, because Hemmert lives just outside the district boundaries.

Immediate questions should be addressed to the King County Sheriff’s Office Offender Community Awareness Program at 206-205-7948.

For more information, or to use the sex offender search tool online, go to the sheriff’s office website.

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