Fairfield Community Up in Arms about Sex Offender Possibly Moving In

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FAIRFIELD-

More than 50 Willotta Oaks residents gathered Tuesday night, working to prevent a high-risk, sexually-violent offender from becoming their neighbor.

"We're just concerned about having a sexual predator living in our neighborhood," resident Cindy Pfaff said.

Residents gathered their facts, gearing up for when they meet again two days from now to voice their worries to the Sheriff's Department.

Fraisure Smith petitioned for release and placement at the home at 11 Willotta Drive in Fairfield.

A judge granted him a conditional release two years ago.

Since then, Allen Stillman of Liberty Healthcare, which found the home, said they have screened about 1,200 locations before finding the owner of this home, who is willing to rent to Smith for $3,200 a month, which the state will pay.

"A convicted felon who is designated as a high risk sexually violent predator would be moving into an executive home, with a nice swimming pool, big backyard, and so forth, paying pretty high amount of rent... the state is, so that does not seem like a great use of our state's resources," resident Pat Harrington said.

"I would rather see that money helping a family of four or five, or a single mother or a single father, who's trying to take care of three or four kids," resident Tamer Totah added.

"Just want it to stay a nice peaceful community. There's a lot of young women. There's access to the college right where his house will be," Pfaff said.

But residents fear their peaceful community, along with their safety, are at risk.

Court records show Smith pleaded no contest to a 2006 sexual battery of a 17-year-old girl.

He has three convictions, all relating to rape or assault with intent to rape.

FOX40 obtained a 2013 confidential report by the attending psychologist at Coalinga State Hospital, where Smith is housed, who said:

"Mr. Smith currently meets the definition of a sexually violent predator... and a diagnosed mental disorder that makes him a danger to the health and safety of others in that it is likely he will engage in sexually violent criminal behavior."

The court hearing on Smith's potential residency at Willotta Oaks has been moved to 9 a.m., the 27th, Department 4 in Superior Court.