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Judge considering placement of sexually violent predator convicted of sexual offenses against children

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Posted at 3:43 PM, Aug 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-05 18:49:40-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- A judge is considering placement locations for a sexually violent predator convicted of sexual offenses against children between the ages of 4 and 9.

Judge Howard Shore issued a written decision Tuesday that a proposed address on the 15000 block of Adams Drive in Pauma Valley was not suitable for the placement of Joseph Bocklett.

A news release from the District Attorney said Judge Shore is considering other potential housing options.

Bocklett was convicted of three sexual offenses over a 19-year period involving children between the ages of 4 and 9.

He was sentenced in 2000 to a 17-year prison term before being committed to Coalinga State Hospital for treatment.

Last year, Bocklett petitioned for the Conditional Release Program for sex offenders. He was granted conditional release to a supervised home.

"I can certainly empathize with the feeling that people do not want someone like Mr. Bocklett in their community,'' Shore said during last Friday's hearing. ``I would be shocked if anyone wrote a letter saying, `We can't wait to have him living in our community.' I would expect that everyone would be opposed.''

City News Service contributed to this report.