Local leaders protest planned release of recidivist sex offender in Campo
SAN DIEGO (CNS) – San Diego County Supervisor Greg Cox and Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez spoke out today against the release of a sexually violent predator into the community.
After an Aug. 21 court hearing, a judge found that 70-year-old Douglas Badger could safely be released into the community for continued treatment and supervision.
The Department of State Hospitals originally proposed placing Badger in Campo, in the East County, but that was withdrawn by the owner. Officials will update a judge Friday on efforts to find suitable housing for Badger.
County Supervisor Dianne Jacob, who represents East County, said in September that she wanted Badger released to a trailer near Donovan State Prison in the southern part of San Diego.
“Obviously, she's trying to represent the best interests of her district,” Cox said of Jacob. “I'm trying to make sure that South County doesn't become the convenient place for every sexually violent predator to be released.”
Other SVPs have been placed at the site near Donovan, including Badger when he was initially released in 2006.
Badger, who has been diagnosed with a schizophrenic disorder and sexual sadism, has a history of sexual assaults dating back to 1974. His victims were primarily 18- to 29-year-old male hitchhikers, although in one case he assaulted a 16-year-old girl.
He was convicted in 1981 and served 10 years in prison. Shortly after his release in 1991, he re-offended and was again convicted of sexual assault.
In 1997, Badger was committed to a state hospital as a SVP.
“Protecting our community from sexually violent predators is a priority for the District Attorney's Office and we have a concentrated focus on SVPs who become eligible for supervised outpatient treatment,” said District Attorney spokesman Steve Walker.
“We understand the concerns voiced today and we're continuing our dedicated efforts to protect the public's safety while complying with the law and decisions of the court,” he said.