Judge rules against placing violent, sexual predator in Tehama County

A Humboldt County judge has ruled against placing a sexually violent predator in Red Bluff for treatment.

Posted: Jul 19, 2019 1:25 PM

HUMBOLDT COUNTY, Calif. - A Humboldt County judge has ruled that a sexually violent predator will not be placed in Red Bluff for treatment.

After a hearing in Eureka Friday morning, the judge told Liberty Health to look for other possible locations for placement of Joshua Cooley. One of his suggestions was Sacramento County. 

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Tehama County's district attorney was at the hearing and argued against the earlier plan to move Cooley to a home on Highway 36, near Red Bluff. 

The contested plan was the focus of petition drives and a community meeting this week. 

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“The collective voices of our citizens were heard by Judge Feeney,” said Senator Jim Nielsen (R-Tehama). “As one of the original authors of the Sexually Violent Predator law, I am sensitive to local concerns regarding the residential placement of sex offenders who have been diagnosed and treated for mental disorders that predispose them to sexually assault others.”

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