Community Should Write Emails, Attend Public Hearing for ‘Violent Sexual Predator,’ Says Letter to the Editor
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Since 2/25/2010, Cooley has been at Coalinga which is a state hospital for individuals designated as “Violent Sexual Predators”. He is still there at this time awaiting placement. A VSP is an individual who has (1) committed a sexual assault, and (2) suffers from mental abnormality making recidivism a high risk. IN Cooley’s case, (1) he’s been found guilty of 7 counts of rape against a 12-yr-old among other offenses, and (2) he suffered a TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury) at age 14.
This would be the first case of a VSP released in Humboldt County.
Freshwater residents are horrified at the idea that such a high risk individual would be allowed to live in a neighborhood with families, small children, teenagers and vulnerable adults living on the same road. There are two elementary schools within walking distance of his proposed placement. It is imperative that community members spell out their concerns in emails to investigator Kyla Baxtey. KBaxley@co.humboldt.ca.us
The District Attorney will hear community concerns at a public hearing next week, August 23 at 8:30 AM, Humboldt County Courthouse, Room 4. Everyone is encouraged to attend and speak but even if you choose not to speak, your presence will send a powerful message.
A concerned resident,
Link to case file: https://www.fearnotlaw.com/wsnkb/articles/p-v-cooley-43996.html