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Four dozen residents of the Willotte Oaks neighborhood just outside Fairfield were upset that a hearing to decide the fate of sex offender Fraisure Smith was delayed by a judge.

They packed a Fairfield courtroom where a judge was to rule whether Smith could be allowed into the neighborhood.

“It’s re-traumatizing for me. I haven’t able to sleep. I haven't been able to eat. The entire neighborhood feels so uneasy," said Sheri Turpin, whose sister was sexually assaulted by man who was paroled.

Smith was to be placed into a house in the neighborhood, but the District Attorney and neighbors are fighting the placement.  One of his sexual assault victims went to nearby Solano Community College.

Homowner Patrick Hannigan said it is at least gratifying to note that the delay was caused by Smith's attorney, who needed more time to study new evidence presented by the District Attorney's Office.

"We’re very hopeful, remaining cautiously optimistic. We’re so glad to have the District Attorney on our side," said Harrington.

The hearing was postponed until April 7.

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