ONLY ON ABC7NEWS.COM: Walnut Creek residents outraged after convicted child molester moved into neighborhood

Friday, February 27, 2015
Walnut Creek residents outraged after child molester moved into neighborhood
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In a story you'll only see on ABC7News.com, residents are outraged they weren't consulted or warned that a sexually violent predator moved into their neighborhood in Walnut Creek.

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. (KGO) -- In a story you'll only see on ABC7 News, residents are outraged they weren't consulted or warned that a sexually violent predator moved into their neighborhood in Walnut Creek.

Charles Christman, 71, moved to Walnut Boulevard in Walnut Creek last week, but neighbors are just finding out about it.

This placement was made by a San Francisco judge without any prior notice to the residents or the Contra Costa District Attorney's Office.

"He shouldn't have been placed in a house in a community full of children," Kelly Dossa said.

Dossa said she found out her neighbor was a sexual predator after her 14-year-old daughter found a flyer on her door left by Contra Costa Sheriff's Deputies.

"What is this? I was very frightened and wanted to know, I'm going to get emotional, how this could happen," Dossa said.

Christman is now living at a property in a quiet neighborhood, full of families with young children and an elementary school nearby.

"It's way too convenient for someone who has a proven history of preying on kids," Jennifer Linardon said.

In the late 1980s and early 1990s, Christman was convicted of a series of sexual assaults on children under the age of 14 in El Cerrito and San Francisco.

He was conditionally released in 2013 and placed in a cottage in Bay Point, but was later ordered to move when a court determined he lived too close to a school.

Deputy District Attorney Andrea Tavenier told ABC7 News she didn't learn Christman had been moved to that neighborhood in Walnut Creek until Friday morning.

"In terms of the legal requirement of distance from a school, it meets that requirement. But given the concerns articulated by a number of the neighbors, we're going to be looking to see whether we can have Mr. Christman moved," Tavenier said.

"My attitude is that you just leave the man alone and let him get on with his life," Christman's former landlord Anthony Ashe said.

Ashe owns the Bay Point cottage Christman lived in for the past two years. It's the same cottage where another convicted sex offender resided, before Christman.

"He served his debt to society and he's gone through his therapeutic training at the hospital. He's done everything that society has asked of him and I don't believe he creates a threat any longer," Ashe said.

Christman wears a GPS ankle bracelet and according to his former landlord, he uses a walker.