Sexually violent predator Douglas Badger. Photo via San Diego County Sheriff’s Department

State hospital officials have proposed placing a 78-year-old man classified as a sexually violent predator at a supervised home in Rancho Bernardo, it was announced Wednesday.

Douglas Badger has been recommended for conditional release into a home at 17836 Frondoso Drive. A court hearing on the merits of the proposed location is set for Oct. 29, during which the public may weigh in on whether the location is appropriate.

Badger was convicted of offenses that include child molestation, kidnapping, and forcible oral copulation, with his victims predominately being male strangers, many of them hitchhikers, according to the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office.

Badger is classified as a sexually violent predator, a designation for those convicted of sexually violent offenses and diagnosed with a mental disorder that makes them likely to re-offend. After serving their prison sentences, SVPs may undergo treatment at state hospitals and petition courts to continue treatment in supervised outpatient locations.

Badger petitioned for release into the Conditional Release Program for sex offenders and was granted conditional release earlier this year.

He was previously recommended for release into a home in the Mount Helix neighborhood, which drew considerable pushback from residents. Earlier this year, a judge ruled against placing Badger there.

In addition to the October placement hearing in a downtown San Diego courtroom, public comments will be accepted regarding the placement between Sept. 30 and Oct. 14.

Those comments may be submitted by calling 858-495-3619 or emailing sdsafe@sdsheriff.org. Comments can also be mailed to: SVP Release/SAFE Task Force, 9425 Chesapeake Drive, San Diego, CA 92123.

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