JACUMBA HOT SPRINGS, Calif. - East County residents are bracing for more sexually violent predators in their own backyards.
10News has learned the owner of one Jacumba Hot Springs home was recently approached by Liberty Healthcare about renting his home for more than three times what he is asking. Liberty is the same group that manages the house currently occupied by Mikel Marshall, a recently released sexually violent predator.
“It’s terrifying,” said Jacumba Hot Springs resident and mother Jana Huffstutler. “We’ve tried protesting. We’ve gone to court. We’ve wrote letters.”
San Diego County Supervisor Dianne Jacob said, “It’s ludicrous. And they (the state of California) have got Liberty Healthcare that they’re paying with our tax dollars, to go out and offer people, I’ve heard, as much as twice the amount of rent that the market would dictate.”
She thinks the state should leave the sexually violent predators locked up. Instead, she is bracing for a fight. Jacob told 10News the number of sexually violent predators nearing their release dates is terrifying.
“From what I have heard, there are probably about 70. 70,” she exclaimed.
There may not be 70 homes in Jacumba Hot Springs. It scares Huffstutler who said she is tired of the state treating the East County as its dumping ground.
“I wouldn’t let my daughter walk down to her grandmother’s house and it’s a couple doors down,” she said.
10News reached out to Liberty Healthcare to see how many homes they are looking to secure but calls were not returned as of Wednesday evening.