Tacoma community outraged convicted child rapist moving nearby


by JANET KIM / KING 5 News

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Posted on June 16, 2014 at 6:19 PM

Updated Monday, Jun 16 at 9:35 PM

TACOMA, Wash. — A convicted child rapist has now been released into society. In the 1990s, Cory Roberts was found guilty of raping and beating a three-year -old girl. After serving 24 years, he is expected to move into a home in the south end of Tacoma.

Roberts is registered as a sex offender living on the 7200 block of South Fawcett Street in Tacoma. He left McNeil Island Monday morning. As a Level 3 sex offender, he will follow specific conditions of his release, like registering as a sex offender with Pierce County. Another condition of Roberts release is not spending time where minors congregate. The Department of Corrections said Roberts was not ordered by the court to wear a GPS monitor, but the agency said it is looking into whether it can impose that condition.

In the meantime, residents are voicing concerns about their new neighbor.

”I’m pissed. I’m really am,” said Maria Cronk, who lives in the neighborhood. “They need to tell people at least, send out fliers, send out smoke signals.”

Cronk said she and her neighbors failed to receive any information about the release of Roberts, believed to be heading to their street.

In a statement, King County Prosecuting Attorney Dan Satterberg said Roberts’ crime at age 13 was “among the worst imaginable,” but state experts concluded that he didn’t have the mental abnormality to keep him under involuntary civil commitment.

It’s why Kelly McGinnis, the mother of the three-year old Roberts beat and raped, has been telling whoever she can that he’ll soon be among them.

”It’s not just ‘cause he’s getting out. It’s because I know he’s going to hurt someone else,” said McGinnis.

The Tacoma Police Department said the reason why a notification hasn’t gone out about Roberts’ release is because he must register his address first before public notice is released.