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Sexually violent predator could be released in Campo

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CAMPO, Calif. (CNS/CBS8) - The state Department of Mental Health has proposed placing a convicted rapist and sexually violent predator at a single family home on 2.5 acres in the Campo area, 41 miles from downtown San Diego.

The proposed location is a rental home at 33241 Shockey Truck Trail.

The public is permitted to comment on the placement of Frank Johnson before it is finalized by a judge. A hearing is scheduled Oct. 14 before Judge Kerry Wells at the downtown courthouse.

Johnson, 53, was determined to be a sexually violent predator in March 2007.

Johnson's criminal activity began in 1977 at age 19 when he raped three women, according to authorities.

Johnson was committed to Patton State Hospital in 1979 as a mentally disordered sex offender and remained there for five years.

Johnson was convicted of sexual assault charges in 1987 and sentenced to 35 years in prison.

Johnson was ordered into sexually violent predator outpatient treatment on July 8 following a court hearing. At that hearing, evidence was presented that Johnson suffered from brain cancer which diminished the public risk of placement in the community.

The owner of the rental home in Campo is 70-year-old James L. Wallace, according to property records.  Neighbors say Wallace lives in Panama most of the year, and he could not be reached for comment.

Johnson would live in the home at taxpayer expense under the supervision of the Department of Mental Health and its private subcontractor Liberty Healthcare.

The public can provide comments until Oct. 3 about Johnson's proposed placement in Campo by:

Email: sdsafe@doj.ca.gov;

Phone: (858) 268-5300;

Mail: SVP Release/SAFE Task Force
9425 Chesapeake Drive, San Diego, Calif., 92123

Public comment will also be accepted at the hearing before Wells.  A community notification of the proposed placement was released Wednesday.

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