ACSOL today protested the attempts of Placer County to block release of registrant William Stephenson, who has been designated a sexually violent predator (SVP) in that county. The protest took place outside Placer County Superior Court about an hour before a hearing was held regarding the registrant’s release. ACSOL leaders Sherri Harlow and Janice Bellucci were interviewed by local media including KCRA3, CBS13 and Fox News. Roger Hunnicutt, a member of the Family Safety Foundation board of directors, also joined the protest.
“We showed up, stood up and spoke up today in order to oppose attempts by this county to block the release of a member of the registrant community,” stated ACSOL Executive Director Janice Bellucci.
Despite the protest, the judge denied the registrant’s release because a home for him has not yet been identified by Liberty Healthcare, a company contracted by the Department of State Hospitals for that and other purposes. The judge expressed his frustration in court, noting that the company provided him with an 11-page letter on this topic less than 24 hours before the hearing that failed to identify a residence for Mr. Stephenson.
Also during the hearing, the judge granted a motion to intervene in the case filed by Crime Victims United (CVU). As a result, CVU will be able to directly participate in future court proceedings as a representative of not only the victims of this registrant but as a representative of all victims of sexual abuse.
The next hearing on this matter was scheduled for September 20 in Dept.42 of Placer County Superior Court in Roseville.