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Sole woman at Washington facility for sex offenders released

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — The only woman at a Washington state treatment facility for sexually violent predators has been released.

The News Tribune reports 61-year-old Laura Faye McCollum entered the Special Commitment Center on McNeil Island in 1997 after serving more than five years in prison for first-degree child rape.

A state Department of Social and Health Services spokesperson says McCollum moved into a Lakewood residence Tuesday.

A judge signed off on the conditional release in April after a psychologist reported that McCollum had progressed in her treatment and no longer met the criteria for civil commitment.

She was required to register as a sex offender and ordered to participate in sex offender treatment.

McCollum was the first woman committed to the facility. A second woman was later committed and released.

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Information from: The News Tribune, http://www.thenewstribune.com

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