COURT IGNORES COMMUNITY SAFETY CONCERNS, PLACES CONVICTED RAPIST AND SEXUAL PREDATOR IN JACUMBA HOT SPRINGS

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East County News Service

January 24, 2016 (Jacumba Hot Springs) -- A sexually violent predator with a long history of violent sexual attacks including rape at gunpoint and  a stabbing will be placed in Jacumba Hot Springs for supervised outpatient treatment, Superior  Court Judge David Gill has ordered.  Authorities received 11 emails and five phone calls on Ural Davis’ proposed release, but no one showed up at Friday’s hearing to provide public comment in person. 

Jacumba residents have told ECM that they are fed up after driving more than an hour and a half each way to testify against release of several sexually violent predators in the past, only to have their concerns ignored and the predators placed in their community anyway.  One of those predators sexually assaulted an older woman in her home after being placed in Jacumba, showing supervised release provides inadequate protection for the public in a rural area of San Diego County where Sheriff response times are often long, sometimes a half hour or more even for priority one calls, according to an ECM investigation in 2014.

Davis was convicted of forcible rape with a gun in 1984, forcible oral copulation with a knife in 1988 and kidnapping for sexual purposes in 1993 after being paroled in 1992. He stabbed the 1993 victim in the chest.  The state reports that he has admitted to other rapes for which he was not caught or prosecuted, including victims as young as 12 or 13.  He also committed sexual offenses while incarcerated: http://www.leagle.com/decision/In%20CACO%2020111018033/PEOPLE%20v.%20DAVIS

Davis was sentenced to 27 years in prison after the last offense in 1993, 22 years ago. In 2009 he was found to be a sexually violent predator and ordered to be treated at a state mental hospital, but later petitioned the state for supervised release, a request granted by a court in August 2014. 

Deputy District Attorney Kristin Spieler told Judge Gill that Jacumba residents voiced concerns over another predator being placed in their rural town, but noted the difficulties for authorities to find a suitable location given legal constraints on distances from schools and other requirements, 10 News reports.

Davis will be placed in a residence on Old Highway 80 by February 29.

East County’s Supervisor Dianne Jacob, sent a letter opposing Davis’ release in Jacumba Hot Springs and issued this statement after the judge’s decision: "Backcountry families are fed up with the state sticking sexually violent predators -- these worst of the worst -- in their quiet communities," Jacob said. "These sick individuals are beyond rehabilitation and placing them in any community undermines public safety and puts a huge strain on taxpayers.” 

She concluded, "Ural Davis' rap sheet includes rape, forced oral copulation and kidnapping for sexual purposes, all within our county and all involving female victims," Jacob said. "He doesn't belong anywhere near our area. He belongs behind bars, for good."