Over strenuous objections of residents, a judge says that by Friday, the small Monterey County, Ca., town of Soledad must accommodate a serial molester of 50 boys, says the San Jose Mercury News. Judge Robert Baines decided that Brian DeVries deserves freedom after becoming California’s first graduate of a program for sexually violent predators.
Rejected by landlords in two other cities, DeVries will move into a trailer by Saturday morning, even though seemingly no one in the town of about 13,000 wants him. Nearly 100 protesters showed up at the San Jose courthouse to voice their fears for their children.
The city asked for more time to review restrictions on DeVries; to ensure he stays away from children he must wear a global positioning system device to monitor his movements. Jhe judge said he foresaw only more hearings if the molester is hounded from town to town.
Public outcry dashed earlier to release DeVries in San Jose, where he was convicted of molesting an 8-year-old boy in 1994. Later plans called for him to live on an isolated parcel of land in Washington state owned by his father if California couldn’t find him housing. DeVries may visit San Jose for mandatory treatment, at first with an escort but eventually on his own if he secures a driver’s license and a car.