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Sexually violent predator to remain transient in VC

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After the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office notified the public last week that convicted “Sexually Violent Predator” Ross Wollschlager would be moving to Somis, the agreement to house him there was rescinded.

“Wollschlager will remain registered as a transient in Ventura County,” according to the Sheriff’s Office.

Wollschlager, 58, was arrested for sexual assaults in the 1980s and 1990, and in 1997 was classified as a “sexually violent predator,” as defined by Welfare and Institutions Code Section 6600, according to a Sheriff’s Office press release. “Sexually violent predator,” the press release explained, means “a person who has been convicted of a sexually violent offense against one or more victims and who has a diagnosed mental disorder that makes the person a danger to the health and safety of others.”

On March 17, 2020, the Ventura County Superior Court ordered Wollschlager to be released from confinement after the California State Hospital deemed him to no longer present a threat to society. He registered the next day as a transient, living in the unincorporated area of Ojai in a recreational vehicle, according to the sheriff’s agency.

Liberty Healthcare, designated to oversee the Sexually Violent Predator conditional release program, has worked with the Sheriff’s Office to find permanent housing for Wollschlager, according to the press release.

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