Two convicted sex offenders register as homeless in Clark County

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photoMichael Bryant Young

Two convicted sex offenders who targeted children have registered as living homeless in Clark County.

David Joseph Thomas, 38, and Michael Bryant Young, 31, are classified as Level 3 sex offenders, the group considered most likely to commit new sex crimes, according to bulletins from the Sex Offender Registration Unit of the Clark County Sheriff’s Office.

Thomas has been convicted of attempted first-degree rape of a 14-year-old girl and aggravated sexual abuse of an 11-year-old boy, the bulletin said.

He’s been convicted four times of failure to register as a sex offender, in 2001, 2005, 2007 and 2009.

He is an American Indian, 5 feet 10 inches tall and 250 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes.

Young has been convicted of first-degree child molestation of a 6-year-old girl; third-degree rape of a child, a 15-year-old girl who drank a large amount of alcohol at a party and fell asleep; and third-degree rape of a child, another girl age 15.

Young is white, 6 feet 1 inch tall and weighs about 168 pounds, with blue eyes and brown hair.

Thomas and Young are not being sought by police.

Both recently were released from prisons and registered as living in Clark County with no fixed addresses.

Officials say it’s dangerous for Level 3 sex offenders to be homeless because they are harder to keep track of. Unlike such sex offenders with homes, corrections officers can’t visit them without warning them, as state law permits.

The two are monitored by officers with the sheriff’s registration unit, the Vancouver Police Department’s Sex Offender Trafficking Unit and the state Department of Corrections.

To learn more, visit http://communitynotification.com. Or call 360-397-2284.