SAN DIEGO — State hospital officials Thursday proposed placing a convicted pedophile and sexually violent predator on a 2.2-acre piece of private property in Spring Valley.
Terry Stone, 63, was convicted on three separate occasions for committing lewd and lascivious acts against children between the ages of 6 and 11.
Stone’s crimes spanned a 10-year period, and in 1994, he was sentenced to 19 years in state prison.
Prior to his release from custody, the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office filed a petition to commit him as a sexually violent predator. Instead of being released, Stone was committed to a state hospital as an SVP in February 2003.
Last year, Stone filed a petition seeking conditional release from the hospital, and in December, a judge ruled that he could safely be released into the community for continued treatment and supervision.
The property the state is considering is at 2919 Millar Ranch Road. A neighbor who lives directly across the street is outraged over the proposal. She did not want to be identified, but told Fox 5 she runs a licensed daycare from her home.
“I’ve lived here first,” she said. “I moved to the country to be safe and enjoy the beauty and I love children and we all have a right to feel safe in our home. Period.”
County Supervisor Dianne Jacob reacted strongly to the proposed placement of Stone in Spring Valley.
“Enough is enough,” Jacob said. “This is the third time in recent months that the state has moved to dump a sexually violent predator in East County. This latest predator, Terry Stone, is a diagnosed pedophile who carried out lewd and lascivious acts against children.
“The state is now proposing to put him in our community, close to Steele Canyon High School. That’s outrageous,” Jacob said. “No community in any part of San Diego County would stand for that. As I’ve said before, if these vile men must be housed somewhere, the only sensible spot is outside the gates of Donovan State Prison, where other sexually violent predators have been placed.”
Other neighbors said it’s insulting that the state keeps putting sexually violent predators in East County.
“We work hard for our money and pay taxes like everybody else does,” said Khalid Jabro. ” They shouldn’t be able to just put somebody like that around us.”
A hearing at which the public can comment on the proposed release is scheduled for March 17 at 9 a.m. in San Diego Superior Court, Department 53. The courthouse is located at 220 West Broadway, San Diego, CA 92101.
Prior to the hearing, members of the public can send their comments on the proposed placement to the Sexual Assault Felony Enforcement Task Force:
- by e-mail, at email@example.com;
- by calling SAFE at (858) 495-3619, or;
- by mail at SVP Release/SAFE Task Force, 9425 Chesapeake Drive, San Diego, CA., 92123.