Sex offender alert issued in C. Locks

By RAELYNN RICARTE

News staff writer

February 10, 2007

Hood River County probation officials went door-to-door in Cascade Locks Friday to issue an alert that a sex offender was moving into the neighborhood.

Craig Gross, 45, has been deemed as predatory by the state parole board. So, by law, the community has to be notified of his presence at 92 Euclid Avenue.

Probation Officer Katie Muirden said Gross is developmentally disabled and is living in an adult care facility where all of his activities, included his comings and goings, are monitored 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

State officials believe that he has the potential to target females who are intellectually impaired.

Gross was sentenced in Malheur County for felony Sexual Abuse in 2004. Muirden said the law typically requires a sex offender to return to that same area. However, she said the family that he was living with for five years prior to committing the crime has relocated to Cascade Locks — so he is being allowed to join them.

He stands 5 feet 6 inches tall and weighs 188 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes.

Gross was sent to prison after pleading guilty to removing the clothing of a 26-year-old female and fondling her. She was incapable of giving consent because of mental impairments. Gross’ actions took place inside a sheltered workshop for people with development disabilities.

Gross will be required to register as a sex offender for life. While on probation for the next 20 months, Gross is also required to obey all laws and comply with these conditions:

Submit to search of person, property, vehicle or residence by probation officer.

Consent to and cooperate with polygraph examinations and penile plethysmographic assessments when deemed necessary by therapist and/or probation officer.

No accessing of pornographic or sexually explicit materials including, but not limited to, written, telephonic, computer-based images, videotapes or audiotapes.

No frequenting establishments associated with the sex industry.

No contact with the crime victim or her family.

No contact with persons under the age of 18, except as authorized by the probation officer.

Muirden said Gross does not have a valid license so he cannot drive. She asks anyone with questions or concerns about the case to call her at 386-6862.

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