JACUMBA HOT SPRINGS–Sheriff’s deputies along with the SAFE Task Force went door to door in Jacumba Hot Springs on May 16 to inform the community about a sexually violent predator now living in their neighborhood.
Herman Joseph Smith was released from Coalinga State Hospital on May 17. Smith now lives in the 42900 block of Desert Rose Ranch Road in Jacumba Hot Spring.
The Sheriff’s Department or SAFE Task Force is not responsible for the selection of the proposed site. That selection process is the responsibility of the Department of State Hospitals.
Smith is registered as a “Sexually Violent Predator” with the California Department of Justice and the County of San Diego. The classification is based on felony convictions involving the sexual assaults of adult females between 1972 and 1993. Smith served several years in state prison for his crimes.
For more information on California Megan’s Law, visit www.meganslaw.ca.gov and San Diego Sex Offender Management Council website at www.sdsomc.org