Community Rallies to Keep Violent Sex Predator Out, Just as Others Have - NBC Southern California

Community Rallies to Keep Violent Sex Predator Out, Just as Others Have

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    Community Rallies to Keep Violent Sex Predator Out, Just as Others Have
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    Ross Leo Wollschlager was convicted of two counts of rape and served a prison sentenced before being paroled in 1987. He would go on to be convicted of more sex crimes.

    What to Know

    • In 1983, the man was convicted of two counts of rape and served a prison sentenced before being paroled in 1987.

    • The then-24-year-old convict while on parole in 1987 sneaked into a family's home and sexually assaulted a 10-year-old asleep in her bed.

    • Now, officials are trying to relocate him to San Bernardino County, but they are protesting.

    Local officials in a Southern California community were to hold an emergency meeting Monday afternoon, dead set on stopping a violent sex predator from settling in their town.

    An emergency community meeting at the Sportsman's Club in Joshua Tree was scheduled for Monday at 5:30 p.m., San Bernardino County's 3rd District supervisor Dawn Rowe announced via Twitter. 

    This after the convicted rapist, Ross Leo Wollschlager, was ordered to be released from Ventura County to Joshua Tree — but residents reportedly have protests scheduled.

    In 1983, Wollschlager was convicted of two counts of rape and served a prison sentenced before being paroled in 1987, according to the San Bernardino County District Attorney's Office.

    He was originally facing four charges of rape in Ventura County.

    The then-24-year-old convict while on parole in 1987 sneaked into a family's home and sexually assaulted a 10-year-old girl asleep in her bed, the DA said.

    He was convicted in 1990 and declared a "sexually violent predator" under the state Welfare & Institutions Code in Ventura County. He received hospital treatment after being committed.

    Wollschlager was ordered to be conditionally released Jan. 31, 2019 into the Ventura County community, but in March, Ventura County Superior Court ruled he had to be relocated elsewhere — specifically Sacramento County.

    But that was unsuccessful.

    Wollschlager was then ordered to live in Joshua Tree Sept. 19, 2019, but San Bernardino County District Attorney Jason Anderson, Sheriff John McMahon, and other officials strongly objected to this.

    Anderson said the county didn't receive the 30-day notice required by law, at a news conference. 

    The district attorney has ordered deputies to go to Ventura County to prevent him from being placed in Joshua Tree.

    For those unable to attend the Monday meeting, the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department would be livestreaming it to Facebook.

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