Gary Snavely. Photo courtesy of the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office

The state Department of Hospitals on Wednesday withdrew a proposal to place sexually violent predator Gary Snavely in Borrego Springs.

In August, a judge determined that Snavely could be safely released as long as he continued to get treatment.

Officials proposed Tuesday that Snavely be housed in Borrego Springs, but that proposal was withdrawn without explanation Wednesday.

Authorities said Snavely will remain at Coalinga State Hospital pending further court hearings. The public will be notified when another site location has been identified.

Snavely, 51, was convicted in 1987 of molesting two Orange County girls younger than 10 and served three years in prison. He was released but violated his parole and was returned to prison.

In 1996 while living in San Diego after his release, Snavely was convicted of failing to register as a sex offender and was sentenced to 16 months behind bars.

Prior to his release from prison, the District Attorney’s Office filed a petition to civilly commit Snavely as a sexually violent predator. In 1998, Snavely was found to be a SVP and was ordered to undergo treatment at a mental hospital.

In 2008, the court granted Snavely’s request for conditional release, however, he was returned to the hospital several months later for medication misuse.

In April, Snavely filed a petition for conditional release, which Judge Louis Hanoian granted after hearing testimony from two mental health experts and reviewing reports from other experts.

— City News Service

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