Level 3 sex offender moves to Arlington

Paul Landis Gorden. - Courtesy photo.
Paul Landis Gorden.
— image credit: Courtesy photo.

ARLINGTON — Local law enforcement agents are warning area residents that Paul Landis Gorden, a Level 3 sex offender, is moving into the 12700 block of Terrace Falls Road in Arlington.

Gorden is a 34-year-old Caucasian man who stands 5 feet, 10 inches tall, weighs 195 pounds, and has blue eyes and brown hair, although his head is shaved bald in the photo supplied by the Snohomish County Sheriff's Office. He also sports an assortment of tattoos with racist themes.

According to official documents, Gorden pled guilty in Skagit County Superior Court to the crimes of rape of a child in the third degree, communication with a minor for immoral purposes, and three counts of furnishing liquor to a minor. He was given a term of 60 months in prison on Jan. 14, 2010.

In 2003, Gorden engaged in sexual intercourse with a 14-year-old on at least six different occasions. This victim became pregnant, and the victim's sister reported the crime to the police. He was given a term of 28 months from Whatcom County Superior Court for this crime.

In 2001, Gorden engaged in sexual intercourse with a 14-year-old girl five to six times over the course of six weeks. The victim's mother learned what had taken place, and the police were contacted. He was told to refrain from having sexual contact with this victim. In spite of this warning, Gorden and the victim continued to have sexual contact, and San Juan County Superior Court gave Gorden a sentence of 20 months in prison.

Gorden was found non-amenable for sex offender treatment, as he declined to enter the program. He also declined to enter treatment during his 2001 conviction.

Gorden's probation conditions are as follows:

• He shall have no contact with minor females.

• He shall not purchase, own, or have in his possession or under his control any firearm.

• He shall not use, possess or consume any controlled substances without a lawfully issued prescription.

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