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* East Palo Crowed Protest Arrival Sexually Violent Predator Donald Robinson, 57

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A crowd has gathered tonight outside an East Palo Alto residence where a man considered a sexually violent predator by the state will live under supervised release, police said. City officials have notified residents that Donald Robinson, 57, who was sent to prison more than two decades ago from Santa Clara County for committing multiple sexual assaults against women, is moving into a home at 903 Beech St.Resident Mel Harris said Robinson moved in today and that a crowd of dozens, including many students, has gathered outside the home tonight. Police acknowledged they are aware of some activity at the address but said no units have been sent there. They did not confirm that Robinson has moved in.Robinson was convicted of multiple felonies between 1970 and 1984, including at least two rapes against adult women, East Palo Alto police said. Robinson was eligible for parole in 1997 but was kept in custody an extra 12 years under California’s sexually violent predator program, which was signed into law Jan. 1 that same year.On Aug. 20, the court ordered him to be moved out of a state mental hospital and continue his treatment while confined to a home in East Palo Alto.He will be under 24-hour surveillance by employees of Liberty Healthcare, the company hired to oversee his release. He will be confined to the house and will wear a GPS tracking device and an alcohol monitor.The restrictions, however, which are meant to eventually taper off depending on Robinson’s behavior, did little to ease the fears of dozens of community members who attended a meeting at East Palo Alto City Hall on Tuesday night. Police Chief Ron Davis said at the meeting police will focus on keeping East Palo Alto residents safe from Robinson and vice versa. He said police will work with local groups to notify community members of Robinson’s presence, and that additional meetings will be scheduled. A flyer was available in English at tonight’s meeting; additional flyers will be printed in Spanish, Davis said.  “The first step is today,” he said.

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