Crime

Judge rules sex offender Cory Roberts didn’t violate probation

A King County judge’s ruling has again freed a sex offender whose release in June from the state’s center for sexually violent predators concerned law enforcement and residents alike.

Cory Roberts, 37, was arrested late July after allegedly failing to disclose a romantic relationship to his community corrections officer. He was released from jail after a judge determined Aug. 15 that he had not violated his probation.

Roberts was convicted of sexually and physically assaulting a 3-year-old girl in 1990 when he was 13. He was babysitting the toddler in Benton County when the assault took place.

The girl suffered permanent brain damage and paralysis, as well as blindness in one eye and diminished sight in the other.

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

He spent 11 years at the Special Commitment Center on McNeil Island before being released into Tacoma in June after two experts decided he didn’t meet the criteria to remain at the SCC.

Roberts registered as a level-three sex offender, which is the most likely to re-offend. He lives in the 7200 block of South Fawcett Avenue.

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