Department of State Hospitals wants to place high-risk sex offender in Campo

Residents vow to fight Douglas Badger placement

CAMPO, Calif. - Residents in one Campo neighborhood are outraged after learning from 10News that a violent, serial sexual offender could be living among them.

The Department of State Hospitals has proposed placing Douglas Ernest Badger in a trailer at 30033 Hartfell Road in Campo, pending a placement hearing on November 15.

Badger is a schizophrenic with a criminal history of kidnapping and sexually assaulting young adult male hitchhikers at gunpoint in San Diego County. Police say he has admitted to crimes against at least 20 victims.

Bette Palovchik lives next door to the trailer that could potentially house Badger. The former high school teacher says the thought of a man like Badger living next door has destroyed her peace of mind.

"That's why we move out here, because it's quiet, safe and you know your neighbors," she said.

Palovchik is also concerned because there are children in the neighborhood.

"We have several schools in the area," she said. "Students are at the bus stops and they wait long hours."

San Diego County Supervisor Dianne Jacob released a statement regarding the proposed placement. She says it is outrageous that a violent serial predator could be housed at a location just miles from schools and parks.

"Given his violent history as a serial sexual predator, Douglas Badger forfeited his freedom long ago and should be locked up for good. It’s especially outrageous that this vile man would be housed at a location in Campo that is only four miles from two schools and a mile from a park where children gather and play. In recent years, other sexual predators placed in rural East County have violated the terms of their release and were sent back to a mental institution. Rather than dumping Badger in the backcountry, the state should house him next to Donovan State Prison, where several sexually violent predators have previously been located."

“We sleep with our doors open all the time," said Damian Spears. "We don't even have the keys to our front door. I mean that's just totally unsafe. I don't feel comfortable."

Spears and his wife Delcie are concerned about the possibility of Badger coming to their neighborhood.

They operate a horse therapy program for at-risk youth out of their Campo home.

"How am I supposed to bring them here to do this if there's somebody like that two doors down?" said Delcie Spears.

Residents on Hartfell Road say having someone with that kind of criminal history is unsettling. They tell 10News they plan to meet with other residents to discuss what they can do to ensure Badger does not move in.

Delcie Spears says they plan to fight.

"So this is not going to be a good thing … this is not anything that I want … and anything I can do – and I know my husband is supportive of us doing whatever we have to do to let that not occur," she said.

The public has an opportunity to voice their concerns or comments before the November hearing.

Pursuant to Welfare & Institution Code section 6609.1, the public is permitted to comment on the proposed location before it is finalized by the court. The hearing is scheduled for November 15 at 9 a.m.  

If you wish to comment on the proposed placement recommendation you can submit your comments through any of the methods listed below. The period for public comment will begin October 8, 2013, and end October 18, 2013.The comments will be forwarded to DSH and the court for consideration prior to the hearing. Public comment will also be accepted at the hearing.

Hearing on Proposed SVP Placement
November 15, 2013 9:00 a.m. Department 28
San Diego Superior Court Judge David Gill
220 W. Broadway, 3rd Floor
San Diego, CA 92101

To have your comments included in materials to be filed with the Court, please respond between the dates October 8th and October 18th, 2013 to:

Email: sdsafe@doj.ca.gov

Telephone: (858) 495-3619

Mail: SVP Release/SAFE Task Force
9425 Chesapeake Drive
San Diego, CA 92123

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