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.
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.
“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.”