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Serial Child Molester Denied Parole

Santa Rosa, CA  –  May 12, 2017  –  California Department of Corrections inmate Robin Re Sharp, 62-years-old, was denied “elder” parole earlier today following a hearing at Solano State Prison.  Known as the “Westside Prowler” in the early 1990’s, Sharp entered many homes in West Santa Rosa, often fondling or kissing sleeping women or children, and then removing photographs from their bedrooms.  Sharp was on parole for an earlier kidnap and rape of a child in Washington State when he began peering into homes in Sonoma County, and then entering through unlocked doors.  On a few occasions the occupants woke up to find him touching them.  He wore a knit cap and bandana over his nose and mouth.  On one occasion Sharp woke a young girl and was leading her down the hall when her mother happened to wake up.  When the mother confronted Sharp he left the girl and calmly walked out of the house.  At the time he was arrested, Sharp had a box full of photographs of young girls.  The photos were then taken to local elementary schools to attempt to identify the victims.  As the investigation grew, detectives learned that Sharp was molesting three young girls on the street where he lived with his father. 

District Attorney Ravitch said “I was the prosecutor on this case.  The number of victims was staggering, and we will never truly know how many homes he entered, and how many victims he molested.  The children had to face the defendant at trial and one was so terrified we had to position her so she wouldn’t be able to look at him.”

Ravitch attended the parole hearing along with an adult victim and her son.  During the hearing Sharp admitted additional sexual assaults of children and adults in the state of Washington, as well as to entering homes and fondling victims who never awoke.  Sharp also admitted to being a sex addict and that his sexual interest in children continued.  He did, however, acknowledge that he was “working on it.”  The adult victim, Kathy Naber read a statement to the hearing officers retelling the horror of waking to find Sharp in her bedroom putting his hands on her, and screaming to her small children to warn them.  She reported that the terror haunts her to this day.  She also noted that to this day she sleeps with a light on at night. Naber’s son also tearfully read a letter on behalf of his sister and himself.

Sharp was convicted of 35 crimes in 1992, including child molest, rape, sodomy, oral copulation, attempted kidnap, residential burglary and possession of stolen property. 17 victims were identified from his 2-1/2 year rampage.  Originally sentenced to 129 years in state prison, on appeal the sentence was reduced to 111 years.  Due to a change in the law in 2014, Sharp suddenly became eligible for parole after serving 25 years in CDC and reaching the age of 60.  The hearing today was Sharp’s first parole hearing.  He was denied release and given an opportunity to reapply in an additional 10 years.  The hearing officer told Sharp that Sharp lacked insight about why he committed the crimes, and did not show remorse for what he’d done.  The officer told Sharp “the bottom line is you have a long way to go.”

 The case was investigated by Santa Rosa Police Department Detective George Collard.  District Attorney Ravitch was the trial prosecutor.

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