Sexually Violent Predator Back in Custody for Allegedly Violating Terms, Conditions of His Release

A sexually violent predator is back in custody after he allegedly violated the terms and conditions of his release, the San Diego County District Attorney's office said. 

Gary Snavely, 49, moved into 45612 Old Highway 80 in Jacumba under a conditional release on Feb. 20 when Judge Louis Hanoian approved the move. He lived a mile away from Jacumba Elementary School. 

On July 2, the diagnosed pedophile was removed from that residence and placed back into custody of the San Diego County Sheriff's Department for violations of his release. 

Prior to his move into the Jacumba home, 10 letters opposing the placement were submitted, including one from San Diego County Supervisor Dianne Jacob.

"This monster never belonged in the community in the first place," Jacob said in a statement Monday. "Word that he violated the terms of his release comes as no surprise and is the latest proof that sexually violent predators have no place in Jacumba Hot Springs or any other community. What makes this even more outrageous is that it's not the first time Snavely has broken the rules of his placement. He needs to be locked up for good."

In 1987, Snavely was convicted of molesting two young girls in Orange County. The molestations included fondling and oral copulation. He served three years in prison. He was later arrested for a patrol violation.

After his release, he was convicted of failing to register as a sex offender in San Diego in 1996, for which he served 16 months.

Two years later, the District Attorney's Office won a petition to civilly commit Snavely to the state hospital as a sexually violent predator.

A judge granted Snavely’s petition for conditional release in August 2014.

Judge Louis Hanoian said the decision to let Snavely live in Jacumba was not made lightly. He said Snavely would be closely monitored and would get treatment. He said he did not believe Snavely was a danger to society anymore.

Liberty Healthcare has formally requested the court revoke Snavely's outpatient status. A hearing is set for 9 a.m. on August 27 in Department 54. 

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