December 28, 2009 (Otay Mesa) – The Sheriff’s office issued an advisory dated December 16 warning the public that Matthew Hedge, a sexually violent predator, has been granted conditional release to his court-approved residence at 480 Alta Road in the Otay Mesa area.
Hedge served several years in prison and was later committed to Coalinga State Hospital as a sexually violent predator. His crimes included annoying or molesting a child, indecent exposure, and lewd acts with a child under 14. His victims included both male and female juveniles ranging in age from 6 to 13 years of age.
Hedge petitioned the courts and was granted a conditional release into the community with the Department of Mental Health supervising his integration into the area. In November, he was taken back into custody for conditional release violations, however a court ordered Hedge released from custody at a hearing. He returned to his residence on December 16th.
Law enforcement is authorized under Megan’s Law (www.meganslaw.ca.gov) to notify the public when a sex offender is released into a neighborhood. The purpose is to enable the public to protect themselves and their children from sex offenders. Threatening, intimidating or harassing the offender, however, is illegal and may result in prosecution, officials caution.
Hedge is 5'7", weighs 167 pounds, and has brown hair and hazel eyes.
If you have information about Hedge or any other offender, call (858)565-5200 or in case of emergency, dial 911.