Neighbors Revolt Against Rapist's Release

Man convicted of violent attacks against women

By Jessica Greene
|  Thursday, Aug 27, 2009  |  Updated 10:15 AM PDT
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Neighborhood Revolts Against Rapist's Release

Donald Robinson was convicted of violent sex assaults against four women.

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Neighborhood Revolts Against Rapist's Release

Donald Johnson was convicted of violent sexual attacks on four women during home burglaries and spent 20 years in prison. Now he's set to be released a half a block away from a church, day care and prep school and neighbors vow to protest against it until he's forced out.
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A convicted rapist is moving into 903 Beech St. in East Palo Alto, California.

Residents in the neighborhood are mobilizing to spread the word about their incoming neighbor, who was convicted of violent sex assaults against four women. 

Police say Donald Robinson, 57, raped three women and forced oral sex on a fourth between from 1970 to 1984 during home burglaries. 

He is set to leave a state mental hospital Thursday after a 20-year sentence and move into a house a half a block away from a church, daycare and prep school. 

Upset neighbors gathered Wednesday night to express outrage and fear about Robinson's release. 

The city's police chief, Ron Davis, says Robinson will have to register as a sex offender under Megan's Law be wearing a GPS tracker, undergo regular drug tests and face a lie detector test every 90 days. 

Health care staff say Robinson completed an intensive psychotherapy program and will continue weekly therapy sessions and monitoring. 

Still, many were not reassured. 

City leaders say they also disagree with the judge's order, but they urge residents to work with police and watch out for each other.

 

Police are passing fliers out in the area to let residents know Robinson has the right to be there but also asking them to call 911 if they see anything suspicious.

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