A man who has spent a total of 24 years in prison for sexual assault charges that left a 3-year-old girl permanently brain damaged has since been freed from the McNeil Island prison in Washington where he was being held.
The man, 37-year-old Cory Roberts, was moved to a halfway house in Tacoma on Monday, report the Daily Mail.
Roberts was initially imprisoned in 1990 at the age of 13, after he attacked a 3-year-old girl he was supposed to be babysitting. The girl suffered several injuries as a result of the attack, leaving her partially blind and severely brain damaged. Because of his age, Roberts was sent to a juvenile detention center, where he was found guilty of sexually abusing two young boys.
Kelly McGinnis, the mother of the girl who was Roberts' initial victim, has been an outspoken critic of the man's release from prison.
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“I want people to know he’s out, what he’s capable of, of what he could do to somebody else, another child,” said McGinnis. “I cannot sit by and just let this happen. I can’t not say anything because he’s a monster.”
Under the terms of Roberts’ release, he will be forced to register as a child sex offender for life and he will be kept under supervision for the next 21 months.
According to Kiro TV, his release was announced after an effort by the King County Prosecutor’s Office to have the man committed for life as a “Sexually Violent Predator.” However, Roberts was found not to have the “mental abnormality” deemed necessary for civil commitment.
Because Roberts will be moving into a residential neighborhood, the Tacoma Police Department issued a Sex Offender Information Bulletin, which can be viewed in full here.