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January 14, 2024  (Campo) -- San Diego Superior Court has ordered the conditional release of Sexually Violent Predator (SVP) Alan Earl James. The California Department of State Hospitals (DSH) has recommended placement of Alan James at 1138 Custer Road, Campo, CA 91906. He was convicted of sexual assaults with three minors dating back to 1981 and 1985, and kidnapping a child for sexual molestation.

With the hearing scheduled for February 9, 2024, the SAFE Task Force will be accepting public comments about the proposed placement to be included in the formal response to the court and the Department of State Hospitals.

This is your opportunity to support or object to the proposed placement before it is finalized. The District Attorney's Office and SAFE Task Force will submit your comments for the court’s consideration.

Comments will be accepted between January 10, 2024 and January 24, 2024.

You can e-mail your comments regarding placement to: sdsafe@sdsheriff.org. You can also call (858) 583-7238. You can mail your comments to:

SVP Release/SAFE Task Force

9425 Chesapeake Drive

San Diego, CA 92123

Oral comments may be accepted subject to court ruling during a hearing on:

February 9, 2024

9:00 a.m.

Honorable David M. Gill

San Diego Superior Court

Department 2204

1100 Union Street

San Diego, CA 92101

While this address falls within the jurisdiction of the San Diego County Sheriff's Department, neither the Sheriff's Department, the San Diego County District Attorney's office or the Sexual Assault Felony Enforcement (SAFE) task force is responsible for the selection of the proposed site. that selection process is the responsibility of DSH and the San Diego superior court.

For more information about the legal designation, treatment and release from confined facilities of sexually violent predators, visit the San Diego County District Attorney's website.   You can also visit the Department of State Hospital's website.

To learn more about the SAFE Task Force, click here.

Below are details on Alan Earl James’ troubled history, from the San Diego County District Attorney’s website.

Profile of SVP Alan Earl James Scroll to Top

Alan Earl James (DOB: 10-5-62) is diagnosed with a Pedophilia Disorder. In 1981, he was convicted of one count of lewd act upon a child under the age of 14 and was sentenced to 3 years of probation and 180 days in jail. In 1986, he was convicted of multiple sex crimes involving child molestation, forcible child molestation, unlawful sexual intercourse, kidnapping for purpose of child molestation and unlawful touching, with three minor victims. These crimes occurred in San Diego County.

In 1986, Mr. James was sentenced to prison for a term of 28 years. Prior to his release from prison, the San Diego County District Attorney's Office filed a petition to have Mr. James civilly committed to a state hospital as a Sexually Violent Predator in 1999. The District Attorney's Office continued to petition to have Mr. James re-committed as a Sexually Violent Predator as he received treatment at Atascadero State Hospital. In 2007, following a change in the law, the District Attorney's Office petitioned to have Mr. James deemed a Sexually Violent Predator (SVP) for an indeterminate term. On October 27, 2007, following a jury trial in San Diego County, Mr. James was civilly committed to the custody of Coalinga State Hospital and was ordered to undergo treatment at the state hospital for an indeterminate term.

In 2014, 2015, and 2017, the District Attorney's Office opposed Mr. James' petitions for conditional release while he was still undergoing treatment and which did not have the support of the hospital. On July 7, 2018, with the support of the hospital and having completed all treatment modules, Mr. James petitioned the court to be granted release into the Conditional Release Program (CONREP) for sex offenders pursuant to Welfare and Institutions Code 6608.

On October 15, 2018, upon the unanimous recommendations of the state hospital, Medical Director, annual evaluator, and treatment program evaluator, Superior Court Judge Albert Harutunian recommended James for the Conditional Release Program (CONREP) and ordered Liberty Healthcare (LHC), a private entity contracted by the Department of State Hospitals (DSH), to propose a program and location for James' residence. This monitored conditional release program, through the DSH, will begin his integration back to the community.

After taking public comment regarding the proposed placement, on March 25, 2019, the Honorable Albert T. Harutunian III approved DSH's proposal to place Mr. James at 45612 Old Highway 80 in Jacumba Hot Spring. He was ordered to be released to that location on or before April 25, 2019.

SD Sheriff News Release for | SVP Alan Earl James

On March 2, 2020 the Conditional Release Program (CONREP) for Mr. James requested that the court, the Honorable Judge Albert T. Harutunian III, revoke Mr. James's outpatient conditional release pursuant to Penal Code Section 1608. On March 13, 2020 the Honorable Judge Albert T. Harutunian III, held a status conference on the matter. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the subsequent court closures, a formal revocation hearing has been postponed until further notice. Once the court resumes full operations, the hearing will be calendared. On May 3, 2021, CONREP filed a motion to withdraw their revocation request. On September 8, 2021 the Honorable Judge David Gill denied the People's request to revoke Mr. James' outpatient conditional release.

A Public Placement Hearing in Dept. 2204 is scheduled for 2/9/24 at 9:00am. The proposed address is 1138 Custer Road, Campo California 91906.

Mr. James remains housed at Coalinga State Hospital.

SAFE Press Release for | SVP Alan Earl James


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