Convicted rapist no longer moving to Chico

Smith, 52, has been denied residence in Chico. Photo courtesy of the Butte County Sheriff's Office.

Smith, 52, has been denied residence in Chico. Photo courtesy of the Butte County Sheriff's Office.

Bridget Comito

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A ‘sexually violent predator’ scheduled to move to Chico has been denied residence.

Fraisure Earl Smith, 52, was convicted of forcible rape in Solano County. He was looking to find permanent residence in Chico.

Smith was supposed to be placed at 3413 Bell Road, located four miles from Chico State. However, Sheriff Kory Honea of Butte County and District Attorney Mike Ramsey opposed the placement of Smith in Chico. They informed the public by going house to house to explain the possibility of Smith moving into the area.

Due to public outcry, the property owner of 3413 Bell Road will no longer rent out the facility to Smith.

“I believe the citizens of Butte County are relieved to hear the property owner no longer intends to grant Mr. Smith,” Honea said.

Smith was released in November of 2013. He stayed at the Coalinga State Hospital until late 2015, where he was diagnosed as a sexually violent predator, according to a public notice released by the Butte County Sheriff’s Office.

Smith started living in motels throughout Solano county but was looking for a permanent residence.

Honea previously said he feared the threat Smith would bring to Butte County.

“I was opposed to him being placed in Butte County because I viewed that as a threat to public safety,” he said.

Bridget Comito can be reached at [email protected] or @bcineg1992 on Twitter.

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