San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors Unanimously Opposes Placement of Sexual Predator in Joshua Tree

By Staff Reports

(Victor Valley)– San Bernardino County Third District Supervisor Dawn Rowe was joined by her colleagues on the Board of Supervisors today in supporting a resolution denouncing the placement of convicted rapist and child molester Ross Wollschlager in the unincorporated community of Joshua Tree, California. A Ventura County Superior Court judge recently announced a proposal to conditionally release Wollschlager into San Bernardino County despite objections from local residents, the sheriff’s department, and the district attorney.

“Ross Wollschlager has never lived in San Bernardino County nor has he ever been convicted of an offense in our county. It’s wholly inappropriate that a Ventura County judge would even consider releasing him into Joshua Tree and put the safety of my constituents at risk,” said Rowe.

Originally charged with four counts of rape, Wollschlager pleaded guilty to two counts of rape in 1983. He was granted parole by the state in 1987 but a short time later was convicted of sexually assaulting a 10-year old girl after breaking into her home in the middle of the night. Wollschlager is classified as a Sexually Violent Predator (SVP) under state law.

“I will continue to fight against this proposal alongside Sheriff John McMahon, District Attorney Jason Anderson, and the residents of Joshua Tree. Our community isn’t a dumping ground for Ventura County sexual predators,” stated Rowe.

A court hearing is scheduled for November 7 at which time a final determination will be made regarding Wollschlager’s proposed relocation to San Bernardino County. Concerned residents can register their objections no later than October 30 via email at paffairs@sbcsd.org or by mail at San Bernardino District Attorney’s Office (ATTN: Deputy District Attorney Maureen O’Connell), 303 West 3rd St., 6th Floor, San Bernardino, CA 92415-0502. All comments and letters received by those agencies will be forwarded to the Ventura County judge overseeing the case.

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