July 2021 Bar Bulletin
By Christopher L. Young
State v. Johnson, No. 98493-0 (June 10, 2021). At issue: whether a condition of community custody — allowing a convicted child sex crime offender to access the Internet only through filters approved by a custody officer — is impermissibly overbroad and vague. Although the condition could impact constitutional rights, understood in the context of the crimes perpetrated, it was neither overbroad nor vague.
Johnson had responded to a sting-
operation’s advertisement on Craigslist. Online he met a Missing and Exploited Children Task Force (MECTF) member pretending to be a 13-year-old girl. After discussing a possible sexual encounter, they arranged to meet in public. Johnson was arrested...