Sex offender status: William Rondal Stewart, Wallace Leroy Hammers

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Two high-risk sex offenders have updated their registrations in Clark County, one now homeless and one living in Battle Ground.

William Rondal Stewart and Wallace Leroy Hammers are classified as Level 3 sex offenders, considered the most likely to commit new sex crimes, according to bulletins from the Sex Offender Registration Unit of the Clark County Sheriff’ Office.

STEWART, 39, was living in Hazel Dell but now is homeless.

He was convicted of third-degree rape. Officials say he targeted three developmentally disabled girls, one age 16 and two 17, and that he used his physical strength and an armlock to subdue his victims.

Stewart was convicted in 1997, 2004 and 2009 of failing to register as a sex offender, officials said.

He’s white, 6 feet 2 inches tall and 215 pounds, with brown hair and hazel eyes.

HAMMERS, 59, was homeless but now has registered as living in the 1600 block of Northeast First Street in Battle Ground.

He was convicted of attempted first-degree rape. He grabbed a woman who was leaving a lounge and beat her in a rape attempt, giving her a broken nose, black eyes and head injury.

He also pleaded guilty to two counts of communicating with a minor for immoral purposes. His victim was a girl, 13.

While in and out of prison, he did not participate in sexual deviancy treatment.

Hammers is white, 5 feet 6 inches tall and weighs 155 pounds. He has brown hair and hazel eyes.

He drives a blue 1987 Dodge Dakota with Washington license B73478F.

Stewart and Hammers are monitored by the sheriff’s registration unit, and are not sought by police.

In addition, Stewart is monitored by the state Department of Corrections and the Sex Offender Tracking Unit of the Vancouver Police Department.

Hammers is also monitored by the Battle Ground Police Department.

Officials say it’s best for such men to live in homes at fixed addresses. It’s very dangerous for high-risk sex offenders to be homeless, because it’s harder to keep track of their activities.

When Level 3 sex offenders have homes, state law allows corrections officers to make unannounced visits and go inside without asking for permission.

In February 2009, Alycia Nipp, 13, was stabbed to death by Darrin E. Sanford, a mentally ill high-risk sex offender who was homeless at the time. After pleading guilty to first-degree aggravated murder, Sanford is serving life in prison without possibility of release.

For more information, call 360-397-2284 or visit http://communitynotification.com.

John Branton: 360-735-4513 or john.branton@columbian.com.

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