In that incident Cherry befriended a barmaid, received a ride from her then misdirected her to a remote location where he subsequently forcibly raped her multiple times. The second conviction was indecent liberties with forcible compulsion, in Grays Harbor County.
Cherry met a 19 year old female with her 7 month old child at a fishing pond and again befriended her. After about 30 minutes of conversation, he grabbed her, pulled her out of her vehicle, and while making threats, attempted to rape her.
The victim was able to fight back and fend off the attack. Cherry apologized and asked her not to tell the police. At the time of this attack Cherry was on parole for the rape 2nd degree. The third conviction was rape 2nd degree, Mason County in Under the guise of providing the victim a ride to her house, Cherry instead took her to a remote location and raped her multiple times and physically assaulted her.
Cherry has made admissions to raping 18 other female victims but has never been charged or convicted of any of those incidents. Cherry has the distinction of being one of only about sexually violent predators in the State of Washington. Cherry will be the first to actually successfully graduate from the program. Two other offenders have been released from the program but not with the support of the SCC. Cherry currently lives in the City of Shelton, but is very closely monitored by a Community Corrections Officer from the Department of Corrections.
Cherry is restricted from being at large alone in the community. That means he has to have a chaperone wherever he goes. Cherry has to prepare a two week schedule in advance and get approval for his schedule through the transition team. Further, he has to participate in sexual offender and other psychological treatment. Cherry is to have no intentional direct contact with any minor children. Cherry cannot enter any public restroom without first having it checked for the presence of any minor children.
He must attend at least one twelve step meeting per week. Cherry cannot drive a motor vehicle or possess a drivers license without permission nor can he have access to the internet and he must maintain a phone log. Cherry is required to submit to periodic polygraph tests and most importantly must wear a GPS receiver that records his travel. Other conditions and restrictions are imposed on Cherry. All of these conditions have certainly been a factor in Mr. Cherry is unconditionally released, all of these restrictions will be lifted and there will be no monitoring.
Cherry will be a level III sex offender, he will be required to verify his address every 90 days. Level III sex offenders are offenders that are a high risk to re-offend. As of , the department had about 1.
Additionally, the Special Commitment Center has been dogged with accusations of having no graduates and, as a result, was under the supervision of the Federal District Court for 13 years. However, a study of other sex offenders in Washington — men who were seriously considered for the SCC but ultimately not sent there — found that half of them committed another felony within six years and twenty-three percent of the were convicted of a new sex crime.
Cherry has done well under supervision, but I believe his unconditional release will present a significant public safety problem in our community and is irresponsible. Cherry reveals some particularly disturbing information. The file contains a report from Dr. Hoberman, a licensed psychologist located in Wayzata, Minnesota, dated September 11, That report was commissioned by the Department of Social and Health Services.
For example on page 99 of the report Dr. Cherry should remain on conditional release indefinitely. Community safety is and would continue to be well served with similar types of conditions that are currently placed on Mr. Hoberman, the department appears to have expended considerable resources to discredit Dr.
James Manley and Dr. On page 97 of the report Dr. Cherry appears to have rushed through years of primary residential SOT, with an apparent goal of being the first person to obtain community release.
Several problems that were identified as part of his inpatient treatment were not resolved at the time of conditional release.