Washington parents are outraged after the state released a convicted rapist who nearly beat a 3-year-old girl to death and sexually assaulted at least three boys.
Cory Roberts, now 37, was first convicted in 1990 after he raped and battered a toddler, leaving her paralyzed and brain damaged. He was freed once in 2001, only to be convicted of a similar crime weeks later.
But now, King County said he’s no longer a threat. Roberts was released on Monday, Seattle’s KING 5 reported.
Kelly McGinnis — the mother of Robert’s first victim — is horrified.
“It’s not just because he’s getting out. It’s because I know he’s going to hurt someone else,” she told the TV station.
In 1990, McGinnis hired a then 13-year-old Roberts to babysit her 3-year-old daughter.
Alone with the little girl, Roberts brutally beat and raped the toddler. She was so badly injured, doctors weren’t sure if she’d survive.
The girl pulled through, but was left partially paralyzed, blind in one eye and with serious brain damage.
Now 27, McGinnis’ daughter has the mental capacity of a 10-year-old, her mom said.
Roberts was convicted in 1990 and sent to a juvenile detention facility.
While there, he repeatedly assaulted two of his male roommates, police said.
A judge sent him to prison.
He was released in 2001. But, just weeks later, he was taken back into custody for sexually allegedly assaulting a 3-year-old boy.
Since then, he’s been held in a special detention center, labeled as a “sexually violent predator.”
But a psychologist recently evaluated Roberts and determined the convict is no longer dangerous or sexually attracted to children, the King County Prosecutor’s Office said.
The department told Seattle’s KOMO that psychologists believe Roberts does not have the “mental abnormality” needed to keep him in jail — even though prosecutors admit that his crime 24 years ago was “among the worst imaginable.”
He was released Monday.
How now lives at a halfway house in Tacoma. While he will be under the state’s supervision for the next 21 months, he will not wear a GPS monitor, Seattle’s Q13 FOIX reported.
Robert’s new Tacoma neighbors are furious about his arrival.
Naomie Gillam, who lives nearby, is worried for the safety of her three daughters. All of them are under 5 years old.
“I’m very scared. It makes my gut turn actually,” she told FOX. “It actually makes me want to move.”
This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service — if this is your content and you’re reading it on someone else’s site, please read the FAQ at fivefilters.org/content-only/faq.php#publishers.