State of California considering housing convicted rapist in Chico

Apr 15, 2016 3:40 PM by News Staff

The Butte County Sheriff's Office and the Butte County District Attorney's Office has received notice that the State of California Department of State Hospitals is seeking to house a Sexually Violent Predator named Fraisure Earl Smith at a home in west Chico.

Smith was sentenced to prison in 2006 following criminal convictions for rape by force and assault with the intent to commit rape in Solano County, CA. After serving his prison sentence, Smith was diagnosed as a Sexually Violent Predator and committed to Coalinga State Hospital, according to a Butte County Sheriff Office spokesperson.

Solano County Court has petitioned that Smith reside at a home located at 3413 Bell Road in Chico.

According to a Butte County Sheriff press release, Smith petitioned the Solano County Court for release in November 2013 and although he is still considered a Sexually Violent Predator, DSH recommended his release into the community, asserting that with proper monitoring and treatment they could manage the threat that Smith poses to the public. DSH attempted to find a permanent residence in Solano County for Mr. Smith but failed due to public outcry. In October of 2015, the Solano County Superior Court eventually ordered his release as a "transient" pending the attainment of permanent housing. DSH housed Smith in a series of Solano County motels moving him every few days. When permanent housing could not be secured within Solano County, DSH informed the Solano County Superior Court, which directed DSH to seek placement for Smith in other areas of the State and a Butte County residence was proposed.

Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea, Butte County District Attorney Mike Ramsey and Chico Chief of Police Mike O'Brien have all stated their strong opposition to the placement of Smith in Butte County and are working to prevent that. However, local officials say that outcome is not guaranteed, so in the interests of public safety the process of notifying the public has begun.

Meantime, Butte County Sheriff's deputies are working to personally notify residents within a half mile radius of the residence where Smith will be placed if the Solano County Court approves the DSH plan to place Smith in Butte County.

A court hearing is scheduled for May 10 at the Solano County Superior Court in Fairfield, CA. Sheriff Honea and District Attorney Ramsey are expected to make their objection to the placement of Smith in Butte County known to the court.

If the Solano County Court approves the placement of Smith in Butte County, local officials say Smith will be monitored, via GPS ankle monitor, by a company named Liberty Healthcare, which contracts with the DHS for such services.

Liberty Healthcare will also be responsible for ensuring that Mr. Smith attends treatment. The Butte County Sheriff's Office has been in contact with representatives of Liberty Healthcare and requested detailed information about the security and treatment plan for Smith. The Sheriff's Office intends to do everything within its authority to ensure the safety of the public.


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