FRAISURE EARL SMITH
5-08, 280 LBS, BLACK HAIR, BROWN EYES
Oroville, Ca— The Butte County Sheriff’s Office and the Butte County District Attorney’s Office has received notice that the State of California Department of State Hospitals (DSH) is seeking to house a Sexually Violent Predator named Fraisure Earl Smith at a residence located at 3413 Bell Road in Chico, CA.
Mr. Smith has criminal convictions for rape by force and assault with the intent to commit rape. Mr. Smith was convicted of those crimes in Solano County, CA. After serving his prison sentence, Mr. Smith was diagnosed as a Sexually Violent Predator and committed to Coalinga State Hospital.
In November 2013, Mr. Smith petitioned the Solano County Court for release and although he is still considered a Sexually Violent Predator, DSH recommended his release into the community, asserting that with proper monitoring and treatment they could manage the threat that Mr. Smith poses to the public. DSH attempted to find a permanent residence in Solano County for Mr. Smith but failed due to public outcry. In October of 2015, the Solano County Superior Court eventually ordered his release as a “transient” pending the attainment of permanent housing. DSH housed Mr. Smith in a series of Solano County motels moving him every few days. When permanent housing could not be secured within Solano County, DSH informed the Solano County Superior Court, which directed DSH to seek placement for Mr. Smith in other areas of the State and a Butte County residence was proposed.
Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea, Butte County District Attorney Mike Ramsey and Chico Chief of Police Mike O’Brien are strongly opposed to the placement of Mr. Smith in Butte County and are working to prevent that. However, that outcome is not guaranteed, so in the interests of public safety the process of notifying the public has begun.
Butte County Sheriff’s deputies are working to personally notify residents within a half mile radius of the residence where Mr. Smith will be placed if the Solano County Court approves the DSH plan to place Mr. Smith in Butte County. The Sheriff’s Office also intends to use its social media sites to notify and update the community.
A court hearing is scheduled for May 10, 2016 at the Solano County Superior Court in Fairfield, CA. Sheriff Honea and District Attorney Ramsey are planning to attend to make their objection to the placement of Mr. Smith in Butte County known to the court.
Please keep in mind that Mr. Smith has not yet been placed in Butte County. If that changes, the public will be updated.
If the Solano County Court approves the placement of Mr. Smith in Butte County, Mr. Smith will be monitored, via GPS ankle monitor, by a company named Liberty Healthcare, which contracts with the DHS for such services. Liberty Healthcare will also be responsible for ensuring that Mr. Smith attends treatment. The Butte County Sheriff’s Office has been in contact with representatives of Liberty Healthcare and requested detailed information about the security and treatment plan for Mr. Smith. The Sheriff’s Office intends to do everything within its authority to ensure the safety of the public.
The community is encouraged to access the BCSO website at www.buttecounty.net/sheriffcoroner and the BCSO Facebook page at www.facebook.com/bcsonews for updated information.