Map provided by county Supervisor Dianne Jacob of placement of convicted violent sex offenders.
Map provided by county Supervisor Dianne Jacob of placement of convicted violent sex offenders.

County Supervisor Dianne Jacob has asked state Attorney General Xavier Becerra to investigate what she calls the disproportionate placement of “sexually violent predators” in rural East County.

In a letter dated Wednesday, the chairwoman of the San Diego County Board of Supervisors said rural East County should not be treated as a “convenient dumping ground” for such felons.

Jacob said nine out of the 12 convicts released in the San Diego region have been housed in the neighboring communities of Campo, Boulevard and Jacumba Hot Springs.

Supervisor Dianne Jacob’s letter to state Attorney General Xavier Becerra. (PDF)

“In their attempt to quietly house these monsters in our county, state officials are exploiting small, rural communities that often lack the resources and clout to challenge these placements,” she wrote.

She included a countywide map with her letter that shows the concentration of the nine convicts in the southeastern backcountry.

Among the remaining dozen, one was sent to Borrego Springs, while the other two lived in trailers outside the state’s Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility in Otay Mesa.

Jacob’s request comes as a Superior Court judge prepares on Friday to consider a state proposal to put another sexually violent predator, Alan Earl James, in Jacumba Hot Springs.

James, now in a state prison hospital, was convicted of multiple sex crimes, including child molestation, unlawful sexual intercourse and kidnapping for the purpose of child molestation.

“The upcoming hearing is another reason why I’m asking the attorney general to step in,” Jacob said. “Enough is enough.”

She referred to the 12 men placed in the county over the past 15 years as “The Dirty Dozen.” Among their crimes: rape, kidnapping, forced oral copulation and molestation involving children as young as 6.

Jacob — who CC’d Gov. Gavin Newsom, state Sen. Pro Tem Toni Atkins and a dozen other state and local officials — cited a report that the ratio of residents to all registered sex offenders in San Diego county is 961-to-1, but the ratio in Jacumba Hot Springs, the community where the two most recent felons are being proposed, is 37-to-1.

“The safety of rural residents and those in nearby communities is further jeopardized by the lack of nearby social, health and law enforcement services that are required for the conditional release program,” she said.

Jacob listed these dozen felons by placement:

  • Gary Snavely, 45612 Old Highway 80, Jacumba Hot Springs
  • David Norman, 1643 Jewel Valley Rd., Boulevard
  • Matthew Hedge, 480 Alta Rd., San Diego
  • Frank Johnson, 33241 Shockey Truck Trail, Campo
  • Mikel Marshall, 42920 Desert Rose Ranch Rd., Jacumba Hot Springs
  • Douglas Badger, 480 Alta Rd., San Diego
  • Allen Fields, 1138 Custer Rd., Campo
  • David Chambless, 45612 Old Highway 80, Jacumba Hot Springs
  • Terry Stone, 2632 Frying Pan Rd., Borrego Springs
  • Ural Davis, 45612 Old Highway 80, Jacumba Hot Springs
  • Michael Martinez, 2135 McCain Valley Rd., Boulevard
  • And Herman Smith, 42920 Desert Rose Ranch Rd., Jacumba Hot Springs