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Ventura County Judge Says Officials Out Of Options; Sexually Violent Predator Must Be Released

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A Ventura County Supervisor Court judge ordered that a sexually violent predator who was at the center of a legal tug-of-war should be released as a transient. Ross Leo Wollschlager of Ventura was convicted of raping two women in 1983, and of child molestation in 1989. He’s been eligible for release since January of 2019, and has been under the supervision of a contractor.

Ventura County prosecutors wanted him released in a fixed location. The contractor wanted to place him in a Mojave Desert community, but residents and officials successfully fought that plan. A judge ruled that even though the contractor couldn’t find a community willing to take the 56 year old man, that can’t be used to prevent his release.

Even though the DA objected, he must be released no later than March 17th. The contractor will still monitor him, and he will have to wear a GPS tracker.

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, providing award-winning coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral.