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October 29, 2014 (Borrego Springs)--The state is proposing to release convicted child molester Gary Snavely, a sexually violent predator, in Borrego Springs.  A hearing will be held on December 5th in San Diego Superior Court and the public can provide with comments.

Snavely was convicted of molesting two girls ages 8 and 9 in Orange County back in 1987. In 1996 he was convicted of failing to register as a sex offender in San Diego County and went back to prison.  After his release, he was placed in Jacumba in 2008 but after he abused his psychotropic mediation and lied to his supervising staff he went back to Coalinga state hospital, though he was not accused of committing new crimes.

The Department of State Hospitals proposes that Gary Snavely live at 3184 Club Circle East #13 near the Borrego Springs Country Club. He could be required to wear a GPS monitor. However, a GPS monitor didn’t stop a predator released in Jacumba recently from entering a nearby home and sexually assaulting a woman there.

Supervisor Bill Horn urges Borrego Springs residents to attend the December 5th hearing and speak out.  He calls Snavely “the worst of the worst” adding, “No child or family should be forced to live in fear with Snavely as their neighbor.”

Another sexual predator, Terry Stone, was released into Borrego Springs earlier this year. Stone had molested five young boys in San Diego County back in the 1980s and early 90s.

The hearing on Snavely's proposed placement site is set for department 54 at the downtown San Diego courthouse at 220 West Broadway in San Diego at 9 a.m. on December 5th.

Comments on Snavely's placement may also be submitted through Nov. 10 by e-mail at, by phone at (858) 495-3619 or in writing to SVP Release/SAFE Task Force, 9425 Chesapeake Drive, San Diego, CA 92123.

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