Campo residents to fight plan to move violent sex offender into their family-oriented neighborhood
Neighbors plan to fight Douglas Badger's placement
Last Updated: 69 days ago
CAMPO, Calif. - Residents in one community in Campo are angry after learning a state agency has proposed moving a violent sexual predator to their neighborhood.
"My daughter's bus stop is a block away … Hell no!" said resident Jeff Wilson.
He along with close to 50 other neighbors gathered in front of the home on Hartfell Road where Douglas Badger could be placed.
"They want to bring a registered sex offender, a repeat registered sex offender within a hundred yards of my 17-year-old daughter's bus stop? It's not going to happen," said Wilson.
The residents say they do not want Badger near their loved ones. Badger is a schizophrenic with a criminal history of kidnapping and sexually assaulting young male hitchhikers at gunpoint. Police say he admitted to crimes against at least twenty victims.
"I don't want this guy to move in. It's scary," said Michael Banuchi, who is still in elementary school. He showed up to the meeting with his mother to find out more.
On Friday, 10News notified neighbors about the Department of State Hospitals' proposal to place Badger in a trailer on Hartfell Road. A final placement hearing will take place on Nov. 15.
Bette Palovchik lives next to the trailer. She says she will not allow Badger to destroy her sense of security.
"This is a safety issue for our community," said Palovchik. "We're not going to stand idle. We're going to fight full force."
In the meantime, the residents plan on meeting several times over the coming days. They say they will be writing letters and emails, making phone calls and signing a petition. They tell 10News they plan to let the court know they do not want Badger to call Campo home.
Diane Young-Barnes says the message will be loud and clear.
"This town (doesn't) want him here," she said.
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