Crime

Sex offender released to Tacoma from SCC arrested for alleged probation violation

A convicted sex offender released in June after 11 years at the state’s center for sexually violent predators was arrested Monday for a probation violation.

Cory Roberts, 37, allegedly violated the conditions of his community supervision by failing to disclose a romantic relationship to his community corrections officer, according to the state Department of Corrections.

“He had an unapproved relationship and was not truthful about it with his supervising officer,” department spokesman Stephen Gehrke said via email. “... there is a condition of his supervision that specifies he is to bring relationships to the attention of his officer and be forthright, which he did not do.”

The relationship was not with a minor, Gehrke said.

Roberts’ lawyer, Tomackie Kim, declined to comment.

Roberts was convicted of sexually and physically assaulting a 3-year-old girl in 1990, when he was 13 and living in Benton County. He was babysitting the toddler, who suffered permanent brain damage and paralysis, as well as blindness in one eye and diminished sight in the other.

Four years later he was convicted of third-degree rape for sexually assaulting two roommates while serving time at a juvenile facility for the 1990 crime.

The 21 months of community supervision he’s doing now is for that 1994 crime, as it was put on hold when Roberts was sent to the Special Commitment Center for sex offenders on McNeil Island in June 2003.

He was released into Tacoma in June after two experts determined he didn’t meet the criteria to be committed to the SCC.

That decision came after he spent 11 years at the facility, as authorities tried to have him committed there. Roberts “constantly litigated and delayed the trial,” King County prosecutor Dan Satterberg said in a statement in June.

Roberts registered as a level three sex offender, those most likely to reoffend, and told authorities he would live in the 7200 block of South Fawcett Street.

No hearing has yet been scheduled regarding the alleged probation violation, according to the King County Prosecutor’s Office.

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