SAN DIEGO CANTI, California – The San Diego County Board of Supervisors has unanimously approved methods for placing public notices on registered sex offenders and sexual assault predators.
One way, according to Supervisor El Anderson’s office, would be to give prior notice to the district attorney, supervisors, and other community leaders before sex offenders are located or moved to the district.
Based on the recommendation of Supervisor Jim Desmond, the council also approved better notification for Native American tribes if sex predators moved into their communities.
The council vote on Tuesday came after residents in an unused area near El Cajon were notified of Douglas Budger և Merle Wakefield’s proposed parole.
The Department of State Hospitals recently suggested that both men be placed in a care home on Horizon Hills Drive, Mt. Snail district.
Badger, 78, has been convicted of sexual assault since the 1970s, mostly by hitchhikers.
Wakefield, 64, has been convicted of sexual assault since the 1980s, according to the San Diego District Attorney’s Office.
Both men are classified as sexual predators, meaning those who have been convicted of sexual violence and diagnosed with a mental disorder that makes them more likely to be offended again.
A hearing on the placement proposed by Badger took place on April 20, but no decision was made. Hearings on Wakefield’s proposed location are scheduled for Monday.
Anderson said his office also found that.
– The public notification process is dysfunctional, has no transparency, has inadequate public notification.
– Notification of the location of registered sex offenders may be added to the public notice
– The local process or commission has the opportunity to be directly involved in the housing of sexually abusive predators like Badger.
Anderson said on Tuesday that many residents in his area were outraged by the sexual predators moving to their neighborhoods.
“What procedures can be used?” said Anderson, who filed the motion. “It is a very experimental process.”
Anderson said his county was the second poorest in the county, “we were actually targeted for throwing pedophiles into our county.”
At a news conference on April 28, Anderson said residents “have the same level of security as anyone in any other affluent neighborhood.”
– City News service