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Sexual predator ordered out of South Kitsap

"Convicted sex offender Robert Hickey last week moved without permission into the 1800 block of Bay Street near North Star School, a homeschool resource center for kindergarten through 12th grades.Many neighbors were alarmed to hear that authorities rated Hickey as a level-three sex offender, the most serious rating for such crimes.We are definitely more aware of our surroundings now, said North Star director Cara Willowbrook. We're taking more note of the people who walk by and we check out the school-bus stop across the street where other kids are dropped off. Willowbrook said last week that North Star was keeping its doors locked, and the situation was to be discussed at a regularly scheduled assembly for students and parents on Feb. 25.The good news in all of this is that neighbors could soon get a reprieve from their fears.According to state Department of Corrections officials, Hickey has been ordered to move back to Pierce County-he was convicted there in 1993-by March 3 or face arrest for violating his parole. Port Orchard community corrections officer Nancy Nelson said Hickey pulled up stakes in Pierce County before the state officially approved his move.Nelson said she worked with Hickey's Tacoma-based parole officer on the case because Hickey wanted to move into a residence owned by his friend on Bay Street in Port Orchard.Before issuing final approval of the plan, Nelson checked out the surrounding neighborhood where Hickey wanted to live to determine whether it was a suitable spot. Nelson discovered she couldn't approve Hickey's request because of the school's proximity.Meanwhile, Hickey had already moved to Bay Street and registered as a sex offender with Kitsap County, said Sheriff Department detective Ken Smith. Local authorities, Smith said, can't arrest Hickey for the premature move, but the Department of Corrections has issued him a verbal warning.If Hickey doesn't obey the warning by March 3, Smith said corrections officials will issue a warrant for his arrest and then local authorities can round him up.Hickey, 35, was convicted in 1993 for first-degree rape and second-degree kidnapping. He abducted a 15-year-old girl at knifepoint, sexually assaulted her and then threw her down an embankment, leaving her in 18-degree weather. Court records show that authorities believe Hickey's a moderate risk to reoffend, though he refused to participate in a sex offender treatment program.Hickey is described as being 6-feet tall and 175 pounds, with brown eyes and hair. Additional information is available from Smith at 337-4998 or Port Orchard Police detective Jerry Jensen at 876-1700."

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