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Sex offender who admitted to molesting dozens of children moves to Whatcom County

A Level III sex offender who admitted to molesting more than 40 children moved to a home south of Everson this week, according to the Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office.

Ronald Lee Haskins, 74, aka Ronald Lee Speer, was released from prison Sunday, March 8, after serving most of a 16 ½-year sentence for child molestation in the first degree. He’s living in the 6400 block of Lawrence Road, north of Nugents Corner.

According to the sheriff’s office:

“Haskins has an extensive history of sexually assaulting young females, with victims between the ages of 6 – 15 years old. Despite being convicted of several sex offenses and spending years in prison, Haskins continued to offend. A recent report indicated that Haskins was removed from a treatment program due to poor performance. He has stated that he does not have a problem and that he doesn’t think his victims are being hurt. He has admitted that children between 8 – 11 years old are his primary arousal. He admitted to having up to 40 more victims he was not charged for. He is considered a high risk to the community.”

Haskins’ criminal history stretches back to the early ’60s. According to the sheriff’s office, he’s been convicted of ...

— Vagrancy, for a “Peeping Tom” crime in 1961 in Orange County, Calif. He was fined but served no time in jail.

— Contributing to the delinquency of a minor in 1962 in Orange County. He got a suspended sentence of six months in jail, plus three years on probation.

— Lewd and lascivious acts with a child under 14 in 1984 in Los Angeles County. A judge sentenced him to a year in jail, plus five years on probation.

— Lewd and lascivious acts with a child under 14 in 1988 in Los Angeles County, while on probation. This time he was sentenced to 11 years in prison. He was released in 1997.

— Child molestation in the first degree in 2002 in Whatcom County, when Haskins lived on Harborview Road near Birch Bay. According to charging papers, Haskins sexually touched and took suggestive Polaroid photos of a girl younger than 10. Charges of sexual exploitation of a minor were dropped in a plea deal.

State law does not restrict where sex offenders can live. However, Haskins remains on Department of Corrections probation, which can restrict where he’s allowed to go.