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State AG's Office Wants Benton County Sex Offender to Stay in Jail

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BENTON COUNTY, Wash. -- The Washington State Attorney General's Office wants a sex offender that is currently behind bars, to stay behind bars.

The AG's Office has filed a petition asking a Benton County judge to find probable cause to believe that 56-year-old Stephen Robinson may be a sexually violent predator (SVP) and to block his release from prison.

Robinson was convicted of two sexually violent offenses against young girls in Benton County back in 1984 and Denver County, Colo. in 1999. He is currently incarcerated at the Washington State Penitentiary for violating his parole/probation for the 1984 offense. 

Robinson is scheduled for release on July 26, 2013. Robinson acknowledged to the SVP evaluator having more than 100 victims in total and indicated he would seek out and attack other young girls if released.

If the judge finds probable cause to believe Robinson is a sexually violent predator, Robinson will be served in prison and transported to Benton County for a contested probable cause hearing. If probable cause is found in that hearing, Robinson will be transported to the Special Commitment Center pending trial.