Officials to host meeting about May Valley sex offender

March 29, 2011

By Laura Geggel

NEW — 10: 30 a.m. March 29, 2011

Robert Eugene Berry

Robert Eugene Berry

King County Sheriff’s Office and Issaquah School District officials reached out to parents Wednesday, because a registered sex offender is moving to May Valley.

The sheriff’s office is holding a sexual-offender notification meeting from 6:30-8 p.m. April 20 at Apollo Elementary School, 15025 S.E. 117th St., Renton.

The offender, Randall Eugene Berry, is moving to the 18800 block of Southeast May Valley Road. People living near Berry’s residence received mailers about the move.

Berry was charged with first-degree rape in 1984. Posing as an off-duty police officer with a fake badge, he used his vehicle’s headlights or emergency flashers to stop women who were driving alone, according to the sheriff’s office. He then told victims they had committed a traffic violation, or that they had defective vehicle equipment.

Berry then used a knife to force women from their vehicles and sexually assaulted them. The sheriff’s office said he had a total of four victims.

The sexual-offender notification meeting is in accordance with the Community Protection Act of 1990. People attending the meeting will learn about personal safety and how to best report criminal or suspicious activity.

Call Detective J. Cline at 206-205-7988 with questions about the meeting. Learn more about Berry at thesheriff’s office website.

The school district offered the following safety tips to students and family members:

  • Talk about family safety rules. Handle the area of sexual exploitation as a safety issue. Make it as important as other safety rules.
  • Make sure children are well supervised. Know where your children are and check on them periodically.
  • Teach children not to go anywhere with strangers. If strangers approach in a threatening manner, children should loudly yell for help and make certain that onlookers know the stranger is not a parent. Run to the nearest home of a trusted person.
  • Give children the skills to distinguish between good touch and bad touch.
  • Teach children to be assertive — to say no to a touch that does not feel right and talk to someone they trust about the situation. Children who know they have the right to say no to behavior they do not like possess valuable skills which can help them avoid exploitation and danger.
  • It is better for children to play and walk to school in groups than alone. Schools are one of the safest places for children to be because of the large group situation and the many adults around.
  • Make sure your young children know their names, parents’ names, addresses and phone numbers.
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