Judge Agrees to Release Sexually Violent Predator to Unincorporated Oakley Home


On Friday, a Contra Costa County Judge agreed to allow a sexually violent predator be released to a home in the 2400 block of Dutch Slough Road in unincorporated Oakley.

The decision came after Judge Patricia Scanlon twice postponed her decision to look into what services were available into the area. After a visit, she decided it was a good fit.

Bates has been convicted of multiple violations of Penal Code 288 Lewd & Lascivious Acts with a child under 14) and Health & Safety Code 11380 (Furnishing Controlled Substance and Marijuana to a minor).

Details later emerged the three incidents occurred against young boys between the ages of 6-15 years old between 1989-1995 all occurring in West County.

Several elected officials have argued against the move including Supervisor Mary Piepho, Oakley Mayor Doug Hardcastle and Vice Mayor Kevin Romick. Oakley Police were also not in favor of allowing Bates to move onto Dutch Slough Road as was the County Sheriff’s office due to the rural location.

In fact, several residents blasted the idea of allowing a sexually violent predator to move next door to kids.

With Scanlons decision, Bates will be moved in on or by December 14 per her order.


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