Trial for convicted pedophile set for October 2014

<p>Stephen Robinson</p>

Stephen Robinson

A man convicted of sexually violent offenses against young girls in Benton County will go to trial next year to determine if he is a sexually violent predator.

This afternoon during a telephonic hearing, Robinson waived his right for a speedy trial, so Benton County judge Carrie Runge could set his trial date for October of next year.

Robinson was scheduled to be released from the Walla Walla Penitentiary in July, but the Washington state Attorney General's office stepped in and argued he should be confined to a secure facility.

Attorneys at the AG's office say Robinson has difficulty controlling his dangerous behavior, and they say Robinson has indicated to a state evaluator that he would continue to offend if released.

Robinson is staying at the Special Commitment Center on McNeil Island.

He will stay there until his October 6th, 2014 trial date.

Robinson was convicted of sexually violent offenses in Benton County back in 1984, and in Denver, Colorado in 1999.

If the judge or jury determines Robinson is a sexually violent predator, he will be confined indefinitely at the Special Commitment Center.