Convicted and rehabilitated sexually violent predator Jeffrey Snyder has been released from Coalinga State Hospital and is living as a transient in Fresno motels, the District Attorney’s Office announced Wednesday.
In March 2016 Snyder was found to meet the criteria of a sexually violent predator, however it was also determined that he qualified for the next stage of his outpatient treatment for conditional release.
On June 29, Snyder was granted the release from the hospital and was put into the custody of Liberty Healthcare. The conditions of Snyder’s release include 24-hour monitoring, wearing a GPS tracker and attending sex offender treatment sessions. He must also register as a transient sex offender with Fresno’s law enforcement.
Prior to Snyder’s release, the Department of State Hospitals and Liberty Healthcare researched 1,749 homes where he could live. None were found to be suitable. A proposed residence on a Squaw Valley property on Sage Lane drew dozens of nearby neighbors to express their concerns over the possibility of Snyder becoming their neighbor. A subsequent fire damaged the property.
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While Snyder will travel from motel to motel, Liberty Healthcare will continue to search for permanent housing. If a suitable residence is located, a Superior Court hearing will be held to get public comment about the proposed residence.
The District Attorney’s Office and the Superior Court will monitor Snyder through quarterly reports and annual updates through the Department of State Hospitals.