A sexually violent predator from Monterey County has been approved to move into a rural home Thursday outside of Marysville despite objections by local officials and residents, the Yuba County Sheriff’s Department announced.
Eldridge L. Chaney Jr., who has previous rape, sexual assault and assault to commit rape convictions, is scheduled to transition from a California Department of State Hospitals facility to continue outpatient treatment at a home in the 600 block of Ellis Road.
Chaney committed his crimes in the Monterey County city of Seaside between 1978 and 1988 and spent more than 10 years in prison before he was committed to the California sex offender program in 2000, according to a Sheriff’s Department news release.
Liberty Healthcare, a state-contracted agency, is responsible for watching Chaney during his release and will have people supervising him around the clock, said Leslie Carbah, Sheriff’s Department spokeswoman. Several of those supervisors are retired parole officers, some who have worked with the department in the past, she said. Chaney is also required to wear a GPS monitor and register as a sex offender in the county.
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“He has served his sentence; he’s not on parole, but he is in outpatient treatment,” Carbah said. “Essentially, their goal is for him to be unseen and unheard as far as the community goes.”
His relocation to Yuba County was met with opposition from community members as well as Yuba County Sheriff Steven Durfor and District Attorney Patrick McGrath, who submitted an objection to the move on behalf of the county to a Monterey County judge in February, the department said. Thousands of residents also signed a petition against Chaney’s move to the county, according to Carbah.
While state law requires officials to try to place offenders in their home counties, Monterey Superior Court Judge Lydia M. Villarreal cited “exceptional circumstances” that prevented Chaney from moving within the county, saying “housing in Monterey County was unavailable at that time,” a Sacramento Bee story said.
An original move-in date was scheduled for late March, but issues with the Oroville Dam and pending litigation postponed the transfer, the news release said.
Chaney was found guilty of assault at age 12 and went on to use an element of surprise and then violence before raping young women, Durfor said in an earlier Sacramento Bee story. Carbah said that while it was important for community members to know about Chaney’s move to the community, it was illegal to harass an offender or their family with the information provided by the department.