CA: Still many unknowns surrounding placement of sexually violent predator William Stephenson

Source: kcra.com 10/17/23

Placer County hosted a housing committee meeting Tuesday to inform the community about the release of William Stephenson, a man classified as a sexually violent predator.

The Department of State Hospitals, along with Liberty Healthcare, which has been contracted out by the state to facilitate placement services, hosted the meeting which was attended by the public at the Placer County Community Development Agency building, and virtually, for people who couldn’t attend in person.

According to the Placer County District Attorney, the Superior Court judge overseeing the case requested that DSH and Liberty conduct a check-in for the housing search before an Oct. 25 court hearing on the matter.

The Placer County Sheriff’s and District Attorney’s offices have opposed the release of William Stephenson “every step of the way,” according to an Oct. 5 post on Facebook from the sheriff’s office. However, the post went on, “state law also requires housing Committee Members to ‘meaningfully participate’ in the housing committee meetings. We do not know if there are any updates on the housing search at this time.”

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A lot of people on this platform always comment that because we live in California we have it better than other people in the United States BUT I ain’t buying it ether, PFR in California are lab rats for the federal government, Things in California were so bad that ACSOL was created by non-registrants.
People need to realize that in California ain’t nothing sweet, there’s no green pastures out here we’re going through the same BS people are going through in New York, Washington, Florida, Utah, Michigan, there’s no difference it doesn’t matter what state you’re in.
This morning my 16-year-old asked me to go to her upcoming open house at her school next Friday, She said all her friends dad‘s are gonna be there BUT because of the California registry I won’t.

I respectfully disagree with comment by Aero’s Pho. I have never said that California is a perfect place for those required to register and their families. Instead, I have said that California is a state where registrants not on parole or probation can live anywhere they can afford, visit any place they want and are not required to post a sign on the front door of their homes on Halloween or at any other time. In addition, many people required to register are now able to end that that requirement if they are eligible under the Tiered Registry Law. We believe at least 45,000 people will benefit from that law as it is currently written and we are working diligently to expand its benefits. Each registrant must decide for him or herself whether California is the best place for them and their families to live.

Aero spoke erroneously about how CA is as bad as Florida because we Registrants don’t have to be forced to live under bridges or encampments, be forced to move out of a community because someone built a little park under a loophole ordinance, be forced to disclose our email addresses and social media IDs to the public, be forced to disclose where we work, to be kept out of shelters during a hurricane emergency, have signs posted in front of our homes on Halloween, and so on just to name a few off the top of my head.

Furthermore, we don’t have a governor like Desantis who signed for a Death Penalty on sex crimes, or Ron and Lauren Book lobbying for harsher laws on Registrants. Plus, there is something in the works that will allow Registrants charged with CP offenses a way out of the Third Tier down to One. If that doesn’t argue that CA is not as bad as Florida – I don’t know what is.

Either change the laws to longer sentences, or treat the people as anyone who’s finished their sentence. Enough with this in-between BS.

I’m probably one of the people that Aero is referring to in my claim that it’s easier to be convicted of a sex offense in California than most other states. And I’ll repeat that claim because the evidence speaks for itself. How many states allow defendants to be charged a misdemeanor for cp possssion? I live in a pretty liberal state, and even Massachusetts doesn’t allow misdemeanors for ANY offense considered a sex crime where someone has to register. It’s all felonies all the time. However, Mass won’t send a person to prison for first time cp unlike many other states. And as I mentioned before, people can ‘deregister’ in Calfornia simply by walking away from that state. Very few states allow that, including mine. In fact some states (New York & Wisconsin) require a person to keep registering long after a registrant moved away. On the other hand, Calfornia has faced hardcore ordinaces and lifetime registration requirements. And I would never take away from Janice’s tremendous work & the dedication of your team in getting a lot of restrictions overturned. California is now a much better place to live for registrants, and I make no apologies for that fact.

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What they are doing in this man’s case is criminal. VOCAL has reached out and offered to help find this man housing several weeks ago, but they have failed to reply. vocalchamp@gmail.com