Breaking News!!: Joshua Tree, CA: Judge rules opposes relocation sexually violent predator Ross Leo Wollschlager to community.
According to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, on Thursday, November 7th, 2019, prosecutors from the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office accompanied by a group of local representatives attended the relocation hearing for Ross Leo Wollschlager – a sexually violent predator.
Wollschlager was convicted of a series of sexual assaults committed against women and children in Ventura County.
On September 19, 2019, a Ventura County Superior Court judge ordered Wollschlager to be housed in Joshua Tree, California.
Local officials from San Bernardino County worked jointly to oppose the effort to relocate this sexually violent predator into our community.
Sheriff McMahon, District Attorney Anderson and Supervisor Rowe met with local officials and hundreds of concerned citizens.
The Morongo Basin Sheriff’s Station assessed the potential threat and the effects housing Wollschlager would have on our law enforcement resources.
Additionally, hundreds of citizens emailed their opposition to Wollschlager’s relocation and these were presented to the judge.
The willingness of our elected officials to assist with the process was greatly appreciated and contributed to a successful outcome.
Third District Supervisor Dawn Rowe helped spearhead community efforts to oppose the relocation and after the hearing said, “I’m pleased with the judge’s ruling. It demonstrates that when a community comes together over a common cause, we can truly make a difference.”
Additionally, State Senator Grove’s letter of opposition and outreach coupled with local support from the city councils of 29 Palms and Yucca Valley painted a picture of the negative effects this relocation would have on the residents of the Morongo Basin.
Sheriff McMahon thanks the District Attorney team for their effort.
The expert preparation and litigation by Deputy District Attorneys Maureen O’Connell and Dan Ross was pivotal to our community’s case.
He also thanks Judge Ayers for her willingness to listen to the concerns of our community and deciding San Bernardino County should not bear the burden of housing Wollschlager who has consistently demonstrated his ability to commit violence toward women and children.
The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department remains committed to our law enforcement and community partnerships and overall safety of our residents.
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