High-risk offender moves in

A Level 3 sex offender who abducted two young girls in the 1980s in Pierce County and assaulted one of them has moved to a Federal Way neighborhood.

Federal Way Police announced last Friday that Leroy York, 53, has registered with authorities to live in the 33200 block of 26th Place Southwest.

York is described as a white male, 5-feet, 6-inches tall and 154 pounds, with brown hair and blue eyes.

Level 3 sex offenders are considered the most likely to reoffend.

In 1981, York abducted a 7-year-old girl and a 9-year-old boy after he asked them to help him find his lost dog, according to police.

The girl was reluctant to get into York’s vehicle, but she agreed when he showed her pictures of his children. York drove the children to a secluded area, where he tied and gagged the boy and sexually assaulted the girl while threatening to kill her, authorities said.

In 1982, York abducted another young girl. The girl, whose age was unknown, struggled with him and jumped out of his car when he slowed down. A police officer picked up the girl and arrested York.

York initially was charged with two counts of kidnapping and two counts of first-degree rape. He pleaded guilty to one count of first-degree rape and was granted a 20-year suspended sentence, though it was revoked in 1985 for lack of progress in his sexual psychopath treatment, according to authorities.

Though he has completed his sentence and is not wanted by police, York is considered a high-risk to reoffend against pre-teen females and is at a high risk to be violent against children.

Police officials warned residents against harassing, threatening or intimidating York. Neighborhood abuse directed toward registered sex offenders could potentially end police agencies’ ability to provide community sex offender notifications, according to police.

The Federal Way Police Department provides information on personal safety and assistance in setting up community block watches. Additional information is available at 661-4721.

Staff writer Erica Jahn can be reached at 925-5565 and

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