Fate of Violent Sex Offender for Mount Helix Home Debated Before a Judge | #predators | #childpredators | #kids

Sexually violent predator Douglas Badger. Photo via San Diego County Sheriff’s Department

Elected officials and residents weighed in Tuesday on the proposed placement of a convicted sex offender in a supervised home in the Mount Helix neighborhood.

Comments from the public were shared during a San Diego Superior Court hearing regarding a proposal from the Department of State Hospitals to place Douglas Badger, 78, in a home at 10957 Horizon Hills Drive.

Badger, who is now housed at Coalinga State Hospital, is classified as a sexually violent predator, a designation for those convicted of sexually violent offenses and diagnosed with a mental disorder that makes them likely to reoffend. After serving their prison sentences, sexually violent predators may undergo treatment at state hospitals, but may also petition courts to continue treatment in supervised outpatient locations.

Badger petitioned for release into the Conditional Release Program — or CONREP — for sex offenders and was granted conditional release earlier this year. Parameters of the conditional release include GPS monitoring and rules against venturing outside the home unless accompanied by a representative from Liberty Healthcare, which contracts with the state to supervise SVPs.

San Diego Superior Court Judge Theodore Weathers did not render a decision Tuesday as to Badger’s placement.

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