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Sexually Violent Predator Released to Vallejo Motel: District Attorney

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    A sexually violent predator was released Monday on transient status to a motel in Vallejo, a Solano County deputy district attorney confirmed Wednesday. Jodi Hernandez reports. (Published Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015)

    A sexually violent predator was released Monday on transient status to a motel in Vallejo, a Solano County deputy district attorney confirmed Wednesday.

    Fraisure Smith's release as a transient means he must be moved to a different location in Solano County and register there as a sexually violent predator every 30 days, Deputy District Attorney Mary Nguyen said.

    Should a permanent residence for Smith be found, he would have to register as a sexually violent predator every year, Nguyen said.

    Vallejo police last week announced Smith was going to be released by Nov. 30 in Solano County but did not disclose the location. Vallejo police were not notified of his release because he is considered a transient, police Lt. Kenny Park said.

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    The Solano County District Attorney's Office also was not notified of Smith's release Monday because it no longer is a party to any placement, Nguyen said.

    The district attorney's office opposed releasing Smith as a transient, arguing that it would be difficult to determine whether he is a threat to public safety, Nguyen said.

    A Solano County Superior Court judge last month ordered Smith's release on transient status. Smith was housed at Coalinga State Hospital before his release.

    The decision by Judge Arvid Johnson means Liberty Health Care must find housing for Smith under the Department of State Hospitals' Conditional Release Program (CONREP), Nguyen said.

    Smith, 51, was sentenced to prison in 2006 after he pleaded no contest to assault with intent to commit rape. A jury in 2010 agreed with Abrams' office that Smith was a sexually violent predator and he was committed to Coalinga State Hospital on July 24, 2010.

    Smith filed a petition for conditional release and unconditional discharge in April 2012.

    In November 2013, the court ordered him released to CONREP, which then sought housing that was not within a quarter-mile of a public or private school with students in grades kindergarten through 12th grade.

    This February, CONREP recommended Smith be placed on Willotta Drive in unincorporated Solano County near Suisun City, but Johnson blocked the move in April because of the residence's close proximity to Solano Community College.

    The judge noted the age of female students at the college were consistent with Smith's past victim profile, prosecutors said.

    CONREP then proposed a location on Olive Avenue in Fairfield, but in July the property owner withdrew that property from consideration.

    In August, CONREP recommended Smith be placed at a residence in Concord, but in September the owner of that property withdrew his property from consideration.

    CONREP said it had looked at 4,108 placement possibilities in Solano, Napa, Yolo and Contra Costa counties.

    Smith renewed his motion on Sept. 25 to be released on transient status, and Johnson indicated he would grant the motion if authorities could not find a permanent residence for him.

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