Sexual offender Steven “Max” Duggan in September announced on Facebook he was moving back to Pendleton. Dan Logman alerted to the post like a guard dog to an intruder and has been barking about it since.
Logman said Duggan back in 2009 harassed his girlfriend, now wife, Vanessa Logman. When he told Duggan over the phone to stop, he said Duggan showed up 90 minutes later at their front door. That was enough for Logman to determine he was dangerous.
“That’s when I started researching who he was,” Logman said.
He found Duggan’s criminal past, which includes 1990 and 2001 Umatilla County convictions for rape and sodomy. Police told him to treat Duggan as a serious threat.
Logman, a burly man who bench presses more than 400 pounds, said he kept track of Duggan after that. Duggan ended up in prison in Washington for drug crimes, then got out in September and opened a Facebook page as Max Duggan. He was with family in Washington, he posted, but was heading for Pendleton to try to live a quiet life.
Because he is a sex offender, Duggan, 52, has to report where he lives with Oregon State Police. The agency’s Sex Offender Registration Section reported Duggan provided an address on the 400 block of Northwest 15th Street, a few blocks from Pendleton High School. However, the living arrangement didn’t last long.
That’s the apartment of Rose McDonald. She said she has been friends with Duggan since he was 15, and she allowed him to stay with her and use the address to register with the state. Then the landlord found out he was living there and kicked him out, and McDonald said she put Duggan on a bus to live with his sister in Washington.
“He doesn’t want trouble,” McDonald said. “He just wants to get on with his life.”
Rick Partlow is in charge of parole and probation officers for Umatilla County Community Justice and confirmed Duggan is not under any supervision.
“He’s all done with both Oregon and Washington, but still has to register his residence for life,” Partlow said, barring, for example, a successful court appeal to overturn the requirement.
Most convicts coming out of Oregon prisons receive at least a year of supervision, Partlow said, and that can help curb recidivism. But Washington, he said, allows inmates to do their time and be done with corrections.
Just going to jail or prison, Partlow said, does not make an offender a better person, and sex offenders under supervision have access to programs and treatment.
“For the sex offender, the most important component to learning is to understand empathy,” Partlow said. “They need to learn their impact on other people’s lives.”
No supervision means Duggan has no requirement for treatment. Logman said he found Duggan’s situation stunning. He said he felt the need to warn his community about Duggan.
Rather than hand out flyers, Logman used Facebook.
On Sept. 13 he posted about Duggan and included a link to his webpage from Oregon’s online Sex Offender Inquiry System. Some 4,000 Facebook users have since shared Logman’s warning.
Logman also said he provided that information to Facebook, which took down Duggan’s page.
Oregon State Police runs the sex offender inquiry website, which recently removed the information about Duggan. State police in an email explained the website is for certain offenders who meet certain criteria.
“OSP has not yet been provided the information necessary to determine if Duggan meets the criteria needed to authorize us to post him to the website,” according to the email. “We have requests out for this information, and our staff is diligently working to acquire the required information to complete this determination.”
State Police Sgt. Steve Payne works with the registration division and explained the Oregon parole board and psychiatric review board determine which offenders meet the criteria, and state police has to wait for their reports. Oregon has 30,000 sex offenders, he said, and the state in 2015 moved to the federal classifications of level 1, 2 or 3, as well as predatory or sexually violent dangerous offenders. The reclassification created a backlog, and the division is working through it as quickly as it can.
The website only shows level 3, predatory and the sexually violent dangerous offenders. Out of the 30,000, fewer than 75 qualify as sexually violent dangerous, Payne said, and Duggan was a level 3 predatory offender.
Logman also expressed his frustration with the state police registration section, which can provide individuals with information about where sex offenders live.
“I left four messages since last Wednesday,” Logman said. “I have yet to get a call back. And I’m very specific about who I’m calling about.”
Payne said he understands Logman’s concern with protecting his family and informing the community, but state police gave Logman the 15th Street address. Payne said if Duggan moved, he has 10 days to provide his new address. McDonald said Duggan was within that period.
That clock is ticking. And Dan Logman said he wants to know where Duggan ends up.
Editor’s note: The East Oregonian was not able to find current contact information for Duggan.