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Housing For Sexual Predator Douglas Badger To Be Determined By Judge

Evening Edition

Aired 11/13/13 on KPBS Midday Edition.

GUESTS

Lorena Gonzalez, San Diego Assemblywoman

John Rice, Deputy District Attorney, San Diego County

Transcript

County and state officials, along with concerned parents, voiced opposition Tuesday to the release of convicted sexual predator Douglas Badger. A court hearing to locate housing for 70-year-old Badger will be held Friday. 

Aired 11/13/13 on KPBS News.

Douglas Badger, who has been diagnosed with a schizophrenic disorder and sexual sadism, has a history of sexual assaults dating back to 1974.

Badger, who has been diagnosed with a schizophrenic disorder and sexual sadism, has a history of sexual assaults dating back to 1974. His victims were primarily 18- to 29-year-old male hitchhikers, although in one case he assaulted a 16-year-old girl.

He was convicted in 1981 and served 10 years in prison. Shortly after his release in 1991, he re-offended and was again convicted of sexual assault.

In 1997, Badger was committed to a state hospital as a sexually violent predator. In August, a judge ruled that Badger could be safely released into the community with continued treatment and supervision.

Milena Phillips' is the creator of the Jonathan Sellers and Charlie Keever Foundation. Sellers, Phillips' son, and his friend, Keever, were killed by a sexual predator in 1993. Phillips strongly opposes releasing Badger back into the community.

"A repeat offender, a repeat sexual sadist — to let him in an area where he could be in walking distance of children is just unthinkable," Phillips said.

San Diego County Supervisor Greg Cox and state Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez also made remarks voicing their opposition.

The Department of State Hospitals originally proposed placing Badger in Campo, in the East County, but that was withdrawn by the owner. Officials will update a judge Friday on efforts to find suitable housing for Badger.

County Supervisor Dianne Jacob, who represents East County, said in September that she wanted Badger released to a trailer near Donovan State Prison in the southern part of San Diego.

Friday's hearing will be open for public comment.

City News Service contributed to this report.

Comments

Avatar for user 'Peking_Duck_SD'

Peking_Duck_SD | November 12, 2013 at 7:23 p.m. ― 8 months, 2 weeks ago

I know I will be attacked for saying this, but if he served his time and went through the treatment he has a right to begin integration back into society.

As far as the politicians quoted in tis story - both Democrats and Republicans - well, they said something negative about a serial sexual predator.

That's about as politically risky as passing out gold nuggets to people.

At least I have to give Ms. Jacob, someone I am highly critical of, credit for coming up with a solution. Most politicians are just lazy and say we don't want them here, here or here without saying where they can go.

As far as the "concerned parents": this guy is high profile and will be watched like a hawk. Be more concerned about your relatives, because statistics show children are FAR more likely to be molested by a family member or someone they know than by a boogeyman hiding in the bushes.

And my final rant on this topic - I find it despicable that the state of California casts such a wide-net on their sex offender registry that people who committed far less severe crimes are forced to register for life as sex offenders just like this serial sexual predator.

Maybe if the sex-offender political capital obsessed lawmakers focused on the serious offenders like this guy instead of roping in minor crimes on the sex registries, it would be easier to manage the serious offenders when released.

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Avatar for user 'sdreefer21'

sdreefer21 | November 12, 2013 at 8:09 p.m. ― 8 months, 2 weeks ago

I hope mr badger will take the honorable route and swallow some lead. There is no reason he should be alive and walking the earth.

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Avatar for user 'DeLaRick'

DeLaRick | November 13, 2013 at 7:20 a.m. ― 8 months, 2 weeks ago

"I know I will be attacked for saying this, but if he served his time and went through the treatment he has a right to begin integration back into society."

That's not an unreasonable statement. Isn't it curious that modern tracking and surveillance technology hasn't neutralized these threats?

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Avatar for user 'Mmikey'

Mmikey | November 13, 2013 at 7:39 a.m. ― 8 months, 2 weeks ago

"That's not an unreasonable statement. Isn't it curious that modern tracking and surveillance technology hasn't neutralized these threats?"

truth of the matter is the gps tracker can be defeated with a layer of tin foil.

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Avatar for user 'sdreefer21'

sdreefer21 | November 13, 2013 at 9:06 a.m. ― 8 months, 2 weeks ago

I think its unreasonable to think that there is treatment for this type of behavior. We owe it to future victims of these deviants to end their behavior. One offense is one too many.

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Avatar for user 'Missionaccomplished'

Missionaccomplished | November 13, 2013 at 11:31 a.m. ― 8 months, 2 weeks ago

I'm not going to "attack" you, Quackster because it is true--if a person has served their time, they should be left alone. What you describe in your sixth paragraph is especially true. It would be stupid and draconian to register" Filner, for example, as a "sex offender." It has gone too far into a police state level.

That said and considering your personal prejudices, wonder how your opinion would differ if Mr. Badger had been a "man of the cloth"???

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