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Sexual predator could be released to Solano Co. streets if no housing found

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A sexual predator could soon be roaming the streets, homeless, unless local officials resolve their differences. (KGO-TV )

A sexual predator could soon be roaming the streets, homeless, unless local officials resolve their differences.

The predator, 51-year-old Fraisure Smith, is due to be released from a state hospital, but officials have been unable to settle on where he will live.

The judge gave Solano County prosecutors until October 13 to find a home for Fraisure Smith.

The 51-year-old convicted rapist is soon to be released from a state hospital. The judge threatened to release Smith as a transient if the district attorney fails to meet the two and a half week deadline.

Liberty Healthcare, which contracts with the state to help sexually violent predators re-integrate, says it's looked into more than 4,000 places, which met Jessica's Law's strict restrictions on distance to schools and parks.

It's the most the program has ever conducted for placing sexually violent predators, the last being 3,000 inquiries. In Smith's case, they found only three homes, two in Solano County and one in Contra Costa County.

"The rights of these villains should not take precedence over the rights of our
communities, our neighbors," said Sherry Turpin of Fairfield.

Because of fierce opposition from neighbors and a court ruling, those offers fell through, including one on Willotta Drive in Fairfield.

"It's just been a safe beautiful community. I want it to stay that way," said on resident.

"I'm a home school teacher as well as a fulltime teacher. I have students in my
House," said Carla Nelson of Fairfield.

If Smith is released as a transient, he may be housed in motels in Solano or possibly other counties, moving him every five days.

The district attorney opposes the court order, saying it's virtually impossible for his office to investigate whether those motels are in appropriate areas.

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