Crime

Will this violent sex offender be released to Merced County? It’s possible, DA says

Convicted sexual predator Ross Wollschlager could be released into Merced County, a district attorney warns. A hearing will take place at Ventura County Courts on Nov. 13 to determine where to release Wollschlager that listed Merced as one of eight counties.
Convicted sexual predator Ross Wollschlager could be released into Merced County, a district attorney warns. A hearing will take place at Ventura County Courts on Nov. 13 to determine where to release Wollschlager that listed Merced as one of eight counties. Merced County District Attorney's Office

A convicted sexual predator could be released into Merced County, according to a warning issued Friday by the Merced County District Attorney’s Office.

District Attorney Kimberly R.H. Lewis said in a news release Ventura County Courts and Department of State Hospitals are considering releasing Ross Wollschlager to one of eight California counties — one of which is Merced.

Wollschlager was convicted in Ventura County for crimes of rape by force, rape by false pretenses, and lewd and lascivious acts on a 10-year-old child.

Wollschlager served a 13 year, 8 month sentence for his crimes.

A hearing will take place Nov. 13 at Ventura County Superior Court to consider where to release Wollschlager.

Lewis said wherever Wollschlager is released, he could only be monitored for one year and will be eligible for full release from supervision to live unmonitored.

The public can voice their opinion on releasing Wollschlager to Merced County by submitting a letter or message by email to travis.colby@countyofmerced.com or by mail, according to the release.

Letters can be sent to Merced County District Attorney’s Office, ATTN: DDA Travis Colby re: SVP Wollschlager, 550 W. Main St., Merced, CA 95340.

Anthony Galaviz writes about sports for The Fresno Bee. He covers the Oakland Raiders, high schools, boxing, MMA and junior colleges. He’s been with The Bee since 1997 and attended Fresno City College before graduating from Fresno State with a major in journalism and a minor in criminology.
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