When convicted rapist Robert Hitt got out of prison, he started out doing everything he was supposed to do. He attended a weekly sex offender treatment program and even applied for a job at Pizza Hut. But less than two months after his release, he is behind bars again.
Hitt, 34, of Seattle, is accused of breaking into a house on March 5, binding six female University of Washington students living there at knifepoint and making one of them disrobe. Two students were able to hide and call police.
Documents obtained Thursday from the state Department of Corrections show that Hitt told his community corrections officer, or CO, that in the hours before the attack he had been heavily drinking at Teddy’s Tavern in the Roosevelt area.
He said he consumed three pitchers of beer and two vodka tonics. To top that off, he said he bought meth with his last $20. He told his CO he had no money to get home, and planned to break into the house to steal things.
Hitt also admitted he smoked marijuana four days earlier, knew he was going to fail his next urinalysis test and got scared he would go back to prison. Then, he told his CO, he figured “F*** it."
“Yes I think he spiraled,” Evonne Sears, a sex offender treatment provider in Seattle, said in an interview Thursday. “They have all this freedom and don't know what to do with it.”
Sears said there is something else in these documents that concerning. Hitt had successfully attended five of his weekly sex offender treatment programs in a row. On March 1, the facilitator said, “Due to mandatory training and my going on leave, there will not be another group meeting until the week of March 19th."
“I think he was dependent on this person and he felt abandoned. Consistency is everything. They've never had that in their whole life. There's been no consistency,” Sears said.
It was also learned at the time of the crime, Hitt ran out of medication prescribed for a mental health diagnosis and knew he needed to get more. Sears said he feels there could be a long road to recovery for Hitt.
“If they don't want to quit, they're not going to quit. If he can't accept that there's something deeply wrong that he needs to fix, he isn't going to be rehabilitated,” Sears said.
Hitt, charged with nine felony counts for the home invasion, is being held in the King County Jail on $900,000 bail. He will be arraigned next Wednesday.
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