About 20 people kept up a campaign Sunday to force registered sex offender Cary Verse to leave Mill Valley.
Standing near Verse's room at the Fireside Motel on Sunday afternoon, about 20 protesters, several of them children, waved signs at passing motorists, prompting many to honk their horns in disapproval of Verse's choice of a home.
Verse checked into the Fireside Motel on Thursday after being released from Atascadero State Hospital, where he had been held since 1998, after serving his last prison sentence for four convictions of sexual assault.
The 33-year-old has been chemically castrated and wears an electronic monitoring bracelet. Verse, who says that he is now a devout Jehovah's Witness, did not answer his room door on Sunday afternoon after repeated knocks from reporters.
"We're trying to spread the word that a sex offender has moved into our neighborhood, and this is how a lot of people are finding out about it," said Jody Kennedy of Mill Valley. Kennedy, 45, organized both weekend protests and said she plans to organize more next weekend if Verse remains in Mill Valley.
Convicted sex predator Cary Verse was released Thursday from Atascadero State Hospital in San Luis Obispo County, hospital sources said, but his whereabouts and the location of his new home were unknown.
Verse, 33, a Jehovah's Witness who has a history of sex crimes, has previously indicated that he would like to live in Martinez to be close to a place of worship for his faith. But a Martinez rental fell through last year after a landlord backed down.
Verse was convicted and sentenced in Contra Costa County, but he may not necessarily be freed there, authorities said.
Contra Costa Superior Court Judge John Minney ordered details of Verse's new home sealed for fear of stirring up public outcry that would prevent him from settling in.
The judge cited the outrage that ensued when notorious child molester Brian DeVries was released last year as the first graduate of the state's treatment program for sexually violent predators. DeVries lives in a trailer outside the state prison in Soledad (Monterey County). Verse is the second such graduate.
"I don't think any community appreciates the game of hide the SVP (sexually violent predator)," Martinez Vice Mayor Mark Ross said Thursday. "This is not how the process is going to succeed."
Under the state's Megan's Law, Verse is required within five days of his release to register as a sex offender with the law enforcement agency where he lives. Police there could also notify neighbors living nearby, without making his address public.