Violent sex predator trial set for Benton Co. sex offender

Tri-City HeraldSeptember 17, 2013 

— A Benton County judge set a trial date Tuesday to determine if a convicted sex offender is a sexually violent predator.

Judge Carrie Runge found there was sufficient evidence to hold Stephen Robinson for a civil commitment trial.

Robinson, 56, is being held at the state’s Special Commitment Center on McNeil Island while he awaits trial, which is scheduled for Oct. 6, 2014.

If a judge or jury determines Robinson is a sexually violent predator, he could be held at the commitment center indefinitely. There 293 sexually violent predators in the state who are civilly committed, said the Attorney General’s Office.

Robinson was convicted of indecent liberties in Benton County in 1984. He also has a 1999 conviction in Denver for the sexual assault of a child by a person in a position of trust.

“(Robinson) molested or raped 100 little girls over the years that he only knew because he traded drugs to their prostitute mothers in exchange for sex with the girls,” court documents said.

The former Kennewick man was scheduled to be released from prison in July after serving a five-year eight-month sentence for violating his probation on the Benton County conviction. But prosecutors say sex offender treatment hasn’t worked and Robinson continues to fantasize about young girls.

Robinson told a state evaluator he would continue to reoffend if released, said the Attorney General’s Office.

Robinson suffers from mental abnormalities and a personality disorder that causes him to engage in predatory acts of sexual violence, said the Attorney General’s Office.

While at McNeil island, Robinson will have the option to enter treatment.

w Tyler Richardson: 582-1556; trichardson@tricityherald.com

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