Sexually Violent Predator Released as a Transient Over District Attorney’s Objection

Ventura County Superior Court has ordered Ross Leo Wollschlager (DOB 5/31/63) be released as a transient, conditionally and under supervision, no later than March 17, 2020. Wollschlager, a former resident of Ventura, was convicted of raping two women in 1983, and of child molestation in 1989. In 1996, a jury determined Wollschlager was a Sexually Violent Predator (SVP).

Under California law, when the California Department of State Hospitals determines an SVP is suitable for conditional release under supervision, the court having jurisdiction over the SVP must review and accept the conditional release plan before the SVP is released into the community. Wollschlager has been pending release since January 2019, when Liberty Health Care (Liberty), a contractor hired by the state to supervise SVPs in the community, began looking for a suitable location of placement.

The District Attorney’s Office has repeatedly objected to Wollschlager’s transient release without his placement in a fixed location to ensure adequate supervision

However, by law, the failure of Liberty to find a placement for Wollschlager cannot act as a permanent barrier to his supervised release. Under the law, Liberty has provided terms and conditions that Wollschlager must agree to follow prior to his release. These terms and conditions are designed to protect the public and the conditionally released SVP. They include an obligation to wear a GPS monitor at all times, refrain from using alcohol or drugs (including cannabis), and staying away from bars, dance clubs, nightclubs, or places frequented by children. Should Wollschlager violate these terms and conditions, he may be returned back to the state hospital for an indeterminate time.

The District Attorney’s Office will continue to work with our law enforcement partners to monitor Wollschlager after his transient release to ensure public safety.


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Rita
Rita
11 months ago

Yeah, tell him he’ll be breaking the law if he doesn’t refrain from using alcohol, drugs, or going to bars/parks. Pretty sure he knew that rape is illegal, too. He will be released to an undisclosed halfway house, and chances are good that he won’t follow the rules, will get kicked out, and become homeless, from where he’ll go on to commit petty crimes til he either does something stupid or commits a felony, and winds up back in jail. Greeeeaaaaat.

Cindy
Cindy
11 months ago

I don’t see how he will.be monitored by the police dept. Unless they are going to put an ankle bracelet on him. Otherwise, he will be a repeat offender,sexual predators cannot rehabilitate.

murphym
murphym
11 months ago
Reply to  Cindy

if you read the article, you’ll see that the monitor is one of the requirements. The DA has been fighting this scumbag’s release tooth and nail, but unfortunately the courts are going to allow him to breathe our (decent people’s) air again.

Karen L Jackson
Karen L Jackson
11 months ago

This person WILL repeat offend. I’ve lived it . I know what I’m talking about . We should protect, not expose.

Sayla
Sayla
11 months ago

Why??? Why would you allow this scum back into our community? He will violate his terms. They all do! It will he on your hands. You let him out. We deserve to know where he is living.

David Geeting
David Geeting
11 months ago

I agree with Katherine. Sexual deviants don’t get healed.

Katherine
Katherine
11 months ago

Where is this POS being released to? If it’s in Ventura County citizens deserve to know!!