Crime

Still no Fresno County home set for child molester Jeffrey Snyder

Child molester Jeffrey Snyder, 61, has won his release from Coalinga State Hospital.
Child molester Jeffrey Snyder, 61, has won his release from Coalinga State Hospital.

Fresno County authorities aren’t any closer to finding a home for child molester Jeffrey Snyder after his latest court appearance Tuesday morning.

Snyder, who grew up in Fresno, won his freedom in March. But he remains one of 480 sexually violent predators in California who have finished their prison sentences but are considered so dangerous that they must remain locked up. He is in Coalinga State Hospital waiting for authorities to make arrangements for his civilian housing.

His case was back before Fresno County Superior Court Judge Gary Hoff for an update. Instead, Hoff continued the hearing to Jan. 10 because nothing has been arranged.

Hoff said authorities have looked at 785 properties in the county but only one property owner is considering whether to rent to Snyder. An official for Liberty Healthcare, which is under contract with the state to find a home for Snyder, said the company is in negotiations with the property owner.

Hoff said that if a contract is signed by the Jan. 10 hearing date, the judge will make the address public. Then he will schedule a hearing so the public can voice their concerns about Snyder living in Fresno County.

In granting Snyder’s freedom in March, Hoff said the 61-year-old, who has been diagnosed with abnormal sexual desires, typically involving extreme or dangerous activities, still is a sexually violent predator. But Hoff found Snyder could be released to a home in Fresno County under strict conditions, such as 24-hour monitoring and drug testing.

But finding a home for Snyder has been difficult. In August, dozens of residents protested the potential placement of Snyder in a five-bedroom, two-story home on La Paz Avenue in northwest Fresno. Residents said the home was not suitable for Snyder because it was near a school and a park.

In November, authorities said they had found a home in a rural area 36 miles east of Fresno. It wasn’t clear Tuesday if that property is still under consideration.

Pablo Lopez: 559-441-6434, @beecourts

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