The Department of State Hospitals (DSH) has proposed a new location for the placement of sexually violent predator Douglas Badger when he is released from a state hospital.
DSH proposed placement at 1138 Custer Rd. in Campo, an unincorporated community east of San Diego and just north of the Mexican border.
Earlier this year, the courts proposed a three-acre property in Campo’s Lake Morena area, according to court documents. But San Diego County Supervisor Dianne Jacob argued Badger should live near Donovan State Prison, where other sexually violent predators live.
A placement hearing date for Badger, 70, has been set for Jan. 3, 2014. Concerned citizens will be able to voice their opinions on his placement at the meeting, set for 9 a.m. at San Diego Superior Court.
Badger has been committed to a state hospital since 1997 after numerous convictions. He was convicted of sexual assaults dating back to 1974, according to law enforcement officials. He was diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder and sexual sadism, and most of his victims were male hitchhikers between the ages of 18 and 29, though one was a 16-year-old girl.
Badger spent ten years in state prison after a 1981 conviction for kidnapping and forced copulation with an accomplice. After being released in 1991, he went back to prison for an additional six years after re-offending, again for forced copulation with an accomplice.
He was later committed to a state hospital in 1997 as a sexually violent predator. He will remain at Coalinga State Hospital until his release sometime next year.