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Public comments accepted between Oct. 8-18 and at hearing Nov. 15 in San Diego

September 27, 2013 (Campo) –  The Department of State Hospitals is proposing to release  a violent sexual predator, Douglas Badger, 70, from a state mental hospital and placing him at 30033 Hartfell Road in Campo.  Badger has been convicted of kidnapping and raping young male hitchhikers and sexually assaulting a young girl.  He’s been diagnosed as a sexual sadist, served several terms in prison and the past 18 years in a state mental hospital. 

“Given his violent history as a serial sexual predator, Douglas Badger forfeited his freedom long ago and should be locked up for good,” Supervisor Dianne Jacob stated in a media release. “It’s especially outrageous that this vile man would be housed at a location in Campo that is only four miles from two schools and a mile from a park where children gather and play.”

She noted that in recent years, other sexual predators placed in rural East County have violated the terms of their release and were sent back to a mental institution.

“Rather than dumping Badger in the backcountry, the state should house him next to Donovan State Prison, where several sexually violent predators have previously been located,” Jacob concluded.

A hearing on his proposed placement will be held at 9 a.m. on November 15 in San Diego Superior Court, Department 28 before Judge David Gill. The address is 220 West Broadway, 3rd Floor, San Diego, CA 92101. 

To have your comments included in materials to be filed with the Court,  respond between October 8 and 18, 2013 to:, telephone (858)495-3619.  Mail:  SVP Release/Safe Task Force, 9425 Chesapeake Drive, San Diego, CA 92123. Public comments will also be accepted at the hearing.

Below are details on Badger, provided by District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis’ office.

70 year old Douglas Badger is diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder and Sexual Sadism and 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 sexually assaulted a 16 year old female. In 1981, Mr. Badger was convicted of kidnapping and forced copulation with an accomplice and served 10 years in state prison.

Shortly after his release in 1991, he re-offended and was again convicted of forced copulation with an accomplice. He then spent another six years in state prison. In 1997, he was committed to the State hospital as a Sexually Violent Predator (SVP). On August 21, 2013, the court found that Mr. Badger could safely be released into the community for continued treatment and supervision.

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