EL CAJON, Calif. – Residents in unincorporated El Cajon are pushing back ahead of a hearing this month that could place a man convicted of multiple sexual assaults in a supervised home in their neighborhood.
A hearing will be held next month to determine whether to place Douglas Badger, a 78-year-old man convicted of several sexual assaults, in a supervised home in unincorporated El Cajon. (Provided)
The hearing is scheduled for April 20 after California’s Department of State Hospitals recommended 78-year-old Badger placed in a home on Horizon Hills Drive. Badger, was convicted of sexually assaulting male hitchhikers dating back to the mid-1970s, according to the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office.
His crimes span five separate counties, including San Diego County, the office said.
Neighbors found out about the hearing this week and some already are making their positions known with signs posted outside which read, “Predators not welcome.”
“It’s crazy,” said Kelley Deriemer, who lives across the street from the proposed placement site. “Kind of blindsided everybody in the neighborhood.”
Deriemer says nobody lives at the home now and that the owner lives out of state.