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October 17, 2019

San Bernardino Law Enforcement Opposes Ventura County Judge's Order to Drop Ventura County Rapist Into San Bernardino County

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. – Ross Leo Wollschlager is a convicted rapist and child molester from Ventura County, California. A Ventura County judge now proposes to drop this declared sexually violent predator into San Bernardino County. San Bernardino County DA Jason Anderson, Sheriff John McMahon, and county law enforcement strongly objects to Joshua Tree being a dumping site for a sexual predator with no  connections to our county. A final determination of this predator's placement will be made in Ventura County Superior Court, Courtroom 13, on November 7, 2019 at 9:00 a.m. The Ventura County Superior Court is located at 800 South Victoria Road, Ventura, California.

San Bernardino County law enforcement has been notified that a Sexually Violent Predator from Ventura County may be released in Joshua Tree.

This person, Ross Leo Wollschlager, has  no ties  to San Bernardino County. His crimes were committed in Ventura County. His prior grants of outpatient treatment and subsequent revocations of his outpatient status occurred in Ventura County. If he is to  be released, San Bernardino County law enforcement thinks he should remain in Ventura County.

Ross Leo Wollschlager committed multiple rapes and  child  molestation. He has crept into homes of his victims late at night after first peeping in on them. Once inside, he would find his prey sleeping, and then commit rape. In 1983, Wollschlager was  charged  with four counts of rape, and convicted by his guilty plea of two counts of rape. After serving his sentence, he was paroled in 1987.

After his release from prison for rape, Wollschlager sexually assaulted a child, a 10-year-old girl asleep in her bed in her family's home. Her 9-year- old niece slept nearby. The girls tried to stop the sexual assault without success. Their screams awoke family members. They drove Wollschlager away. He was caught and convicted of committing lewd acts on a child. A Ventura County judge returned him to state prison.

Thereafter, because of his record, he was formally declared a Sexually Violent Predator under the state Welfare & Institutions Code in Ventura County and committed to the Department of State Hospitals for treatment from Ventura County.

On January 31, 2019, however, Judge Nancy Ayers of Ventura County Superior Court ordered Liberty Healthcare to assist in the conditional release of Ross Wollschlager into the community. (Liberty Healthcare is the organization contracted with the Department of State Hospitals to find housing for and provide outpatient treatment and supervision of Sexually Violent Predators.)

On March 28, 2019, Judge Ayers found "extraordinary circumstances" existed to authorize placing Wollschlager outside of Ventura County. He was first scheduled to be sent to Sacramento County. After unsuccessfully attempting to place Wollschlager in Sacramento County, Judge Ayres then ordered Liberty Healthcare to consider additional counties, including San Bernardino County.

On September 19, 2019, Judge Ayers tentatively ordered Wollschlager be placed at a residence located in Joshua Tree. Law enforcement in San Bernardino County was recently informed of this, and strongly opposes taking responsibility for this Ventura County sexually violent predator. San Bernardino County DA Jason Anderson has ordered deputies of his own SVP Unit to go to Ventura County on November 7 and oppose Wollschlager's release to our community.

Any further inquiries should be directed to the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department Public Affairs Division at paffairs@sbcsd.org

Contact: (909) 382-7714 or via email at kfuller@sbcda.org

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