Released convicted murderer adheres to parole

Linfield’s College Public Safety has confirmed that convicted murderer Scott William Cox, who was released on parole in McMinnville in February, has not trespassed on campus since his release.

Cox pleaded no contest to the murder of two women in the Portland area in 1993. As part of his parole, Cox must wear a GPS enabled ankle bracelet and be housed in the Yamhill County Jail from 8 p.m. to 8 a.m. every night. He is also not allowed on campus, according to a CPS email notification.

Cox has complied with all conditions of his parole to date, said Linda Powell, senior director of Human Resources & College Public Safety, in an email.

Some students have reported seeing Cox on campus since his release. However, each incident has not involved Cox.

The man reported to be outside an off-campus house was actually a resident of the area. Additionally, CPS made contact with the man who was reported to be on the Wellness Trail on March 7. The individual was geocaching, said Alaina Mayfield, an administrative officer for CPS, in an email.

“CPS will be immediately notified if Cox is near or on campus. We will in turn immediately notify the student body and staff. Linfield has been added to a list of areas, that should Cox enter those areas, he is in violation of his parole. If he violates his parole, he will go back to jail,” Mayfield said in an email.

CPS routinely contacts the Yamhill County Corrections department for updates about the release of Cox but encourages students to contact its officers if they believe to see Cox on campus at 503-883-7233.

Jessica Prokop/Editor-in-chief

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