North Idaho Man Schedules Gathering of Sex Offenders, Much to Neighbors' Chagrin


A north Idaho man, who is advertising a gathering of registered sex offenders at his Rathdrum home, said he's the target of vandals but he still wants to go forward with his effort to reach out to other men and women convicted of sex offenses.

This morning's Coeur d'Alene Press reports that Bill Johnson, who was convicted of first-degree rape in Washington in 1976, ran an advertisement in the July 14 edition of the Press, announcing a support group calling itself "Sex Offender Registrants Not-Anonymous." Johnson has scheduled the first meeting of the group for this Saturday, July 21, at his home.

"I know what registration/notification has done to our lives, and I want to hear your stories and share information," the listing read, printing Johnson's address as the gathering location. "It's time that we talk and get to know one another, and discuss what, if anything, we can do collectively to better our situation."

But the Press reports that Johnson's fence posts have already been vandalized and at least one of his neighbors called his planned gathering "disgusting," saying it would be more appropriate for the group to meet in a public place, away from homes with children nearby.