Sex offenders numbers staying steady

BENTON, FRANKLIN COUNTIES, Wash. -- The number of sex offenders in the Tri-Cities has stayed about the same year to year. At the close of 2013, Benton County had about ten fewer sex offenders than it did two years earlier. Numbers were also roughly flat for Franklin County. This is despite a rising population in both communities.

Officials credit the change in strategy that has put a single prosecutor to focus on sex offender cases. They say this boosts efficiency and also helps communication between cops and the courts.

"Communicating between the two counties. Talking to the prosecutors and working closely with the prosecutor's office, and I think our conviction rates have gone up, and we've held the offenders more accountable," said Franklin County Cpl. Gordon Thonasson.