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Released 'Sexually Violent Predator' relocation considered for Creek Road

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"Ojai Police Emergency" Facebook post on Jan. 7 from Ojai Police Chief Jose Rivera.

 

On Jan. 7, Ojai Police Chief Jose Rivera posted on the "Ojai Police Emergency" Facebook page that Ross Wollschlager, 58, described by law enforcement as a "Sexually Violent Predator, "is being considered for housing on Creek Road. Our courts have ordered the Sheriff's Office to assist in finding housing for him," Rivera wrote.

Rivera's post continued, "I have a concern about him being in our community so I will be going door to door in the proposed neighborhood to make folks aware of this. I'm sure our department will soon put out more information about the relocation and how folks can voice their concerns about his possible move into our community. In the meantime, I will do what I can to speak to residents and keep everyone informed on any developments."

On Dec. 15, the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office notified the public that Wollschlager — who has been living in an RV in the unincorporated area of Ojai since March 18, 2020 — was possibly being relocated to Somis. However, a week later, a press release stated that the Somis property owner had rescinded the offer to house Wollschlager, so he would remain registered as a transient in Ventura County.

The Dec. 15 sheriff's agency also stated: "Although Wollschlagher has no criminal cases pending against him, the Ventura County Sheriff's Office feels compelled to notify the community of his relocation for the purposes of ensuring public safety."

The Sheriff's Office Dec. 15 press release described Wollschlager's criminal record, noting that in February 1983, Wollschlager was arrested in Ventura for multiple sexual assaults. “Wollschlager was subsequently convicted of two felony counts of rape. He was sentenced to eight years’ incarceration in the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, where he served his sentence and was then released.

“During several incidents in 1989, Wollschlager entered inhabited dwellings without permission. On one of these occasions, he sexually assaulted a child under the age of 14. In 1990, he was convicted of one felony count of forced lewd acts with a child under the age of 14, and two felony counts of burglary. He was sentenced to 13-1/2 years’ incarceration in the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. 

“During Wollschlager’s crimes, he typically entered the residences of his victims late at night or in the early morning hours when the residents were asleep. Additionally, he would prowl at night and watch occupants through their windows. 

“In 1997, Wollschlager was classified as a 'sexually violent predator.' According to Welfare and Institutions Code Section 6600, Sexually Violent Predator 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 in that it is likely that he or she will engage in sexually violent criminal behavior.’  

“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. ...

“The aim of the Sexually Violent Predator program is to confine and treat offenders until they no longer present a threat to society. The California Department of State Hospitals has identified Liberty Healthcare as the agency to oversee the Sexually Violent Predator conditional release program. Since his release, Liberty Healthcare, with assistance of the Sheriff’s Office, has searched for a suitable permanent housing location for Wollschlager. 

“Wollschlager is supervised by Liberty Healthcare staff. Both Liberty Healthcare and the Sheriff’s Office will conduct regular compliance checks at his residence and monitor his whereabouts via a global positioning satellite device. Since his current release, Wollschlager has not committed any criminal or technical violations.

"Residents of Ventura County can visit the Megan's Law website: www.meganslaw.ca.gov to familiarize themselves with the sex registrants in their community."

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Photo by Ventura County Sheriff's Office
Ross Wollschlager
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

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