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Sexually Violent Predator to Be Released to Boulevard Address

On Friday, Judge David M. Gill granted the conditional release for Martinez on or before April 30.

A man diagnosed with a pedophilia and personality disorder, and determined to be a sexually violent predator by a San Diego jury will be released from custody and placed at a location in Boulevard, a San Diego judge ruled Friday.

Michael Joseph Martinez, 65, was determined to be a Sexually Violent Predator (SVP) following a jury trial in 2009. 

Convicted of child molest, annoying/molesting a child, lewd or lascivious acts upon a child under 14 and annoying a child under 18, Martinez was sentenced to four years in prison in 2004. 

Belinda Drieci said her 9-year-old daughter was victimized by Martinez after he had already served time for a previous conviction.

She attended Friday's hearing and said she was disappointed to learn of his release.

"I'm so angry that our system would allow this man to be back out. And not stop him," Drieci said.

After it was determined he was an SVP, Martinez was committed to Coalinga State Hospital and ordered to undergo treatment in September 2009. 

In July 2017, Martinez petitions to be granted release into the state's Conditional Release Program (CON-REP).  Three months later, Superior Court Judge Lisa Schall recommended he be admitted into the program and ordered a location be determined for Martinez to live.

On Friday, Judge David M. Gill granted the conditional release for Martinez on or before April 30.

Martinez will be placed at 2135 McCain Valley Road, Boulevard, CA 91905 just south of Interstate 8 near the Caltrans facility on Old Highway 80. The location is 2.3 miles east of Clover Flat Elementary School. 

Three sexually violent predators already live within 20 miles of each other in the general area. 

Supervisor Dianne Jacob told the judge her constituents feel that's three too many. 

"He should not be placed in a backcountry community that again I would say has become nothing less than a dumping ground and an easy touch for placement," Jacob said. 

She suggested a possible compromise would be to place Martinez in a trailer on the grounds of Donovan State Prison. 

Boulevard has an estimated population of 315 residents.

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