Fight To Prevent Violent Sexual Predators Move To Mt Helix Home Intensifies


Community members and politicians are fighting the placement of sexually violent predators Douglas Badger and Merle Wakefield in a Mt. Helix residential neighborhood, reports KUSI.

The two repeated offenders are planned to move into 10957 Horizon Hills in Mt. Helix, roughly a half-mile from Fuerte Elementary School.

Senator Brian Jones has written two letters to the Director of the Department of State Hospitals.

"Neither Douglas Badger or Merle Wakefield are suitable to be released from secure state facilities, let alone dumping them in a residential neighborhood in Mt. Helix,” said Senator Jones. “Both are dangerous sexually violent predators who have repeatedly targeted and attacked children. Rather than renting a spacious home to serve as a boarding house for these people, Governor Newsom ought to follow the lead of former governors Pete Wilson and George Deukmejian. Both of these Governors got creative and ordered that dangerous parolees be housed in trailers at state correctional facilities.”

According to KUSI, Governor Gavin Newsom has not yet responded the Senator Jones' letters.

He also encouraged people to send emails and call the District Attorney's Office and also email and call the San Diego County Superior Court which held a hearing on Douglas and Badger's placement on Tuesday, April 20.

Over 40 people spoke at the hearing encouraging the San Diego judge to deny the parole placement.

Superior Court Judge Theodore Weather did not make a ruling on Tuesday and did not indicate when he would, reports the San Diego Union-Tribune.

Photo: San Diego County District Attorney's Office