Notorious sex offender moving to College Place

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WALLA WALLA, Wash. (AP) -- The first man to be released from the Special Commitment Center on McNeil Island is moving from Western Washington back to his hometown of College Place.

The Union-Bulletin reports police are holding a community meeting Thursday to answer questions about Joseph Aqui.

The 58-year-old spent nearly 20 years in prison for a series of rapes, assaults and burglaries he committed in Walla Walla, Bellevue and Tacoma between 1970 and 1973.

He was paroled in 1992 and committed the following year. His release in 1997 was the center's first. He was sent back when he violated conditions of his release in 2001.

Aqui was moved into transitional housing in Seattle in 2006 and released from community custody in June 2010 with no restrictions other than to register as a sex offender.

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Information from: Walla Walla Union-Bulletin, http://www.union-bulletin.com