State attorney general: Sex offender in Walla Walla must stay locked up

Sara Schilling, Tri-City HeraldJuly 23, 2013 

The state Attorney General's Office is seeking to keep a man convicted of sex crimes against young girls -- including in Benton County -- locked up as a sexually violent predator.

Stephen Robinson, 56, is scheduled to be released this week from the Washington State Penitentiary in Walla Walla.

He's admitted to having more than 100 victims total, according to court documents.

The attorney general's office says Robinson should be civilly committed and filed a petition Tuesday in Benton County Superior Court.

Robinson will be served in prison and transported to the Benton County jail to await a probable cause hearing, a spokeswoman for the office said.

The hearing could happen as early as Friday.

If the judge finds probable cause, Robinson will be taken to the Special Commitment Center on McNeil Island in Pierce County pending trial, a news release said.

Robinson was convicted in 1984 in Benton County of indecent liberties. In March of that year, a 3-year-old girl reported to her father that her crotch area hurt and described abuse by Robinson, according to court documents.

"By Robinson's own current admission, he was having sexual intercourse with the toddler within days of meeting her, and that the molestations/rapes lasted more than six months," the documents said.

Robinson also was convicted of sexual assault of a child in Denver County, Colo., 15 years later. That case involved a 9-year-old girl, who he gained access to through her prostitute mother, the documents said. "Robinson traded sex with the girl for some drugs for the mother. He had done this before and had frequented prostitutes that had daughters between (the ages of) 4 and 8 for this purpose," the documents said.

He told an evaluator that if he's released he will "eventually seek out and get 'what he likes,' meaning sexual intercourse with very young girls," the documents said.

He also said young girls now are more likely to report sexual assault and he will "'likely murder the child,'" the documents said.

"He indicated that he would most likely have contact with the child through her prostitute mother, meaning the mother would also need to be killed," they said.

In a statement, Attorney General Bob Ferguson said Robinson "must not be released into our community."

"My office's sexually violent predator unit works hard to keep our communities safe for families and children by working to prevent the release of dangerous sex offenders, such as Mr. Robinson," Ferguson said.

The unit was created 23 years ago, after the state's sexually violent predator law was passed. The law allows for the involuntary civil commitment of sex offenders who would likely commit "predatory acts of sexual violence" upon their release because of a mental abnormality and/or personality disorder, the news release said.

Robinson is in prison for violating the conditions of his parole/probation from the 1984 Benton County conviction, documents said.

-- Sara Schilling: 582-1529; sschilling@tricityherald.com; Twitter: @saraTCHerald

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