He’s 71, uses a walker to get around and wears an ankle monitor – but some Walnut Creek residents remain fearful Charles Christman – convicted of a string of violent sexual assaults on children in El Cerrito and San Francisco in the early 90s – still poses a threat.
And even if he doesn’t, neighbors told ABC7’s Laura Anthony, they should have been told he was being placed in their midst, among their children, and within a mile of a local school.
That decision was made by a judge in San Francisco, Anthony reported, and enacted without notification of residents living on the leafy stretch of Walnut Boulevard where Christman will now make his home.
Neighbors didn’t learn of the move until Contra Costa County Sheriff’s deputies circulated a flier bearing Christman’s image, description, and convictions. The reactions of his new neighbors were both emotional and immediate.
Some questioned why the convicted sex offender, ordered released from a Bay Point cottage formerly occupied by another convicted sex offender, Cary Verse, would be set down in Walnut Creek. A deputy district attorney told Anthony she learned of the transfer early Friday. She said that while it met legal guidelines relative to proximity to local schools, her office would be looking into seeing that Christman is relocated.
His former Bay Point landlord, however, maintains Christman has paid his debt to society and deserves to be left alone.
“My attitude is that you just leave the man alone and let him get on with his life,” Anthony Ashe told ABC7.
His new neighbors, however, appear unconvinced of Christman’s rehabilitation.