Sexual predator released as transient in Concord

A man with a history of sexual violence toward minors was released as a transient Monday and is now living in a Concord rental unit, police said Thursday.

Concord police were notified Monday that 51-year-old Robert Bates, a man classified as a sexually violent predator, was being discharged and released under supervision but on transient status in Contra Costa County, police said.

Bates’ previous convictions include lewd and lascivious acts with a child under 14 years of age, oral copulation with a minor under 14 years of age or by force or fear and other felony crimes, police said.

There are no alleged crimes that he is currently wanted for.

Bates is on a conditional release and will be under constant supervision provided by Liberty Healthcare. He is residing in short-term rental units in Concord, police said.

Concord police releases such information “to allow members of the public to protect themselves and their children” from convicted sex offenders.