Spring Valley residents are furious and stunned after learning that Terry Stone, a convicted violent sexual predator, could soon be moving to their neighborhood. NBC 7’s Rory Devine explains what they plan to do.
A sexually violent predator’s new home may be in Spring Valley, and the proposed placement will soon be open to public comment.
The Department of State Hospitals suggested Thursday that convicted sexually violent predator Terry Stone be placed at 2919 Millar Ranch Road in Spring Valley.
Stone is a diagnosed pedophile who was convicted in three separate cases for lewd and lascivious acts against five different victims who were between the ages of 6 and 11, according to the District Attorney’s Office website.
In 1994, he was sentenced to 19 years in prison, and in 2003, he was committed to the state hospital as a sexually violent predator.
Last December, the court determined that Stone could be released into the community for continued treatment and supervision.
Already, backlash is growing against Stone's proposed placement. San Diego County Board of Supervisors Chair Dianne Jacob released an outraged statement Thursday.
"“Enough is enough," Jacob's statement read. "This is the third time in recent months that the state has moved to dump a sexually violent predator in East County. This latest predator, Terry Stone, is a diagnosed pedophile who carried out lewd and lascivious acts against children. The state is now proposing to put him in our community, close to Steele Canyon High School. That’s outrageous. No community in any part of San Diego County would stand for that. As I’ve said before, if these vile men must be housed somewhere, the only sensible spot is outside the gates of Donovan State Prison, where other sexually violent predators have been placed."
Stone's proposed Millar Ranch Road address is on a 2.2-acre piece of private property. In addition to Steele Canyon High School, other nearby schools include Jamacha Elementary (1.8 miles northeast), Cuyamaca College (2.1 miles north), Hillsdale Middle School (2.2 miles north), Rancho San Diego Elementary (2.6 miles north) and Loma Elementary School (2.7 miles west).
The public will get a chance to comment on the proposed location at a hearing at 9 a.m. on March 17 in San Diego Superior Court, Department 53 at 220 West Broadway.
If you want to submit a comment, you can email it to email@example.com, call 858-495-3619 or mail it to SVP Release/SAFE Task Force, 9425 Chesapeake Drive, San Diego, CA 92123.