EL CAJON, Calif. — After weeks of protest from community members and local leaders, a judge has ruled that a second man deemed a “sexually violent predator” by the state will not be placed in an East County home.
Douglas Badger, 78, will not be allowed to live under supervision in the Mount Helix neighborhood near El Cajon, the San Diego Superior Court announced Thursday.
Sexually violent predators — sometimes referred to as “SVPs” — are people convicted of sexually violent offenses and diagnosed with a mental disorder that makes them considered likely to strike again. In Badger’s case, he was convicted in the 80s and 90s of holding up young male hitchhikers at gunpoint and assaulting them.
He was the second sex predator deemed unfit for the East County home in recent weeks. Neighbors praised the May 10 decision to deny 64-year-old SVP Merle Wade Wakefield placement in the community, but had continued their fight against Badger being moved to the same address.