Stanislaus County community concerned over release, housing of sexually violent predators

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By Yosi Yahoudai
Founder and Managing Partner

Residents are feeling anger, confusion and frustration over two convicted sexually violent predators who could be moving into their small rural community.

TURLOCK, Calif. — Neighbors in a Stanislaus County community are hoping to stop not one, but two convicted sexually violent predators from moving in.

Neighbors are concerned about two men, Kevin Scott Gray and Timothy Roger Weathers, who could be placed just west of Turlock as the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Office says the state recommended the two men be released from the State Hospital.

In the small Chatom Elementary School gymnasium, just outside of Turlock city limits, some community members shared their concerns at a Town Hall about Gray and Weathers.

“Will he be monitored by an ankle bracelet of some sort?” asked one attendee.

Residents attending the meeting felt a mix of anger, confusion and frustration over the two convicted sexually violent predators who could be moving into their small rural community.

“I was just very shocked that this was even happening,” said another attendee.

“It is about bringing awareness, it is about using your voice to advocate for what is right for your community,” said Kelley Coelho, a private Investigator.

“It was very disheartening to know that we are fighting something that our taxpayer money is going to fund,” said Candace Gonsalves, who is against the relocation.

ABC10 first reported Kevin Scott Gray could possibly be placed at a home near Turlock.

Gray was convicted of molesting four girls between the ages of 8 to 11 in Wyoming, Los Angeles and Stanislaus counties.

A psychologist for the Department of State Hospitals diagnosed him with ‘Pedophilic Disorder’ and said he is a danger to others.

The Stanislaus County District Attorney’s Office says 61-year-old Weathers was convicted of molesting a child in San Diego County in the 90s. While on probation for that case, the DA’s office says Weathers was convicted of molesting two different boys in Stanislaus County.

Officials say during treatment in 2007, Weathers admitted to doctors he molested between 20 to 45 boys.

The proposed location where Gray and Weathers will be placed has not been officially released. But community members say it is a property on North Central Avenue. Nearby neighbors say that will not work because one of the homes nearby operates as a home school.

“The house does not have sufficient fencing or anything like that if he is surrounded by an orchard, which means there are a lot of entry and exit points on that. So, he can come and go any which way and have access to children all around him,” said Gonsalves.

Liberty Healthcare, which contracts with the Department of State Hospitals, was not available for an interview Thursday night.

A protest is planned Friday morning near the proposed site.

Later in the afternoon, elected officials for that community are gathering to address the matter.

Sexually violent predator could be released in Stanislaus County

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Yosi Yahoudai is a founder and the managing partner of J&Y. His practice is comprised primarily of cases involving automobile and motorcycle accidents, but he also represents people in premises liability lawsuits, including suits alleging dangerous conditions of public property, third-party criminal conduct, and intentional torts. He also has expertise in cases involving product defects, dog bites, elder abuse, and sexual assault. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from the University of California and is admitted to practice in all California State Courts, and the United States District Court for the Southern District of California. If you have any questions about this article, you can contact Yosi by clicking here.