DeMaio Leads Effort to Block Placement of Sex Predator in San Diego County

DeMaio Leads Effort to Block Placement of Sex Predator in San Diego County

California politicians have made it easier to release Sexually Violent Predators (SVPs) into residential neighborhoods. Now Carl DeMaio is rallying concerned citizens to stop these reckless placements and demand reforms to protect communities.

Former San Diego City Councilman Carl DeMaio is spearheading a new campaign of concerned citizens — this time of Borrego Springs — to oppose the placement of a Sexually Violent Predator in their community.

The Sexually Violent Predator in question is child molester Michael Martinez, and California state officials propose his placement be in the family-community of Borrego Springs. Nearly 20% of Borrego Springs’ 3,000 residents have children under age 18 at home and the region attracts families and young children year-round for a wide-range of recreation. 

“It’s reckless, dangerous, and unacceptable to place this Sexually Violent Predator — a convicted child molester — in a community filled with children under age 18,” said DeMaio.

DeMaio points out that Martinez is not just any sex offender — he is classified as a “Sexually Violent Predator,” which is the worst classification in the criminal justice system. To be classified as an SVP, a person has to have been convicted of a violent sex crime, be diagnosed with a mental disorder, and be likely to reoffend. Martinez has been convicted of four separate cases involving child molestation, and he has been diagnosed with pedophilia and personality disorders.

DeMaio says state politicians are increasingly siding with sex offenders and passing laws to make it easier for them to not only escape listing on Sex Offender Registries but live in residential communities and near schools and playgrounds. 

After several Sexually Violent Predators have been released by government bureaucrats into San Diego county residential neighborhoods in recent years, DeMaio decided to organize concerned citizens and use the courts to try to block the releases. 

And the effort is paying off. In October 2021, DeMaio successfully blocked the placement of another Sexually Violent Predator, Douglas Badger, in Rancho Bernardo. DeMaio organized thousands of angry voters to contact the judge overseeing Badger’s case to demand the court block placement.

DeMaio says he is committed to once again lead the opposition to block Martinez’s placement in Borrego Springs – but needs immediate help from members of the public.

DeMaio is calling for concerned residents to make their voices heard before it’s too late.

“We can still stop the placement of this horrible sex offender in Borrego Springs — file today to give a public comment and let the court know where you stand and sign our petition,” said DeMaio.

A hearing on this placement has been scheduled for July 8th at 10:00am in San Diego Superior Court with Judge David Gill presiding. The San Diego County District Attorney’s Office and SAFE Task Force will submit your comments, due by June 15th, to the court for the court’s consideration.

The exact address proposed for placement is 3406 Running M Road, Borrego Springs, CA 92004.

In addition to writing the judge directly, DeMaio is urging the public to sign the petition to demand reform of laws to permanently prevent the release of Sexually Violent Predators into residential neighborhoods. 

Email and Call the Judge to Oppose Release of Michael Martinez (Deadline: June 15!)

Email comments: [email protected]  

Call and leave voicemail: (858) 495-3619.  

Mail letters: SVP Release/SAFE Task Force 9425 Chesapeake Drive San Diego, CA 92123

Sign the Petition: Stop Placement of Sexually Violent Predators

Carl DeMaio Announces Win in Fight to Block Placement of Sexually Violent Predator

Carl DeMaio Announces Win in Fight to Block Placement of Sexually Violent Predator

It’s official! San Diego County officials are withdrawing their reckless proposal to place a Sexually Violent Predator (SVP) in Rancho Bernardo. 

The move came just hours after former San Diego City Councilmember Carl DeMaio held a press conference to release a letter from the owners of the proposed placement property telling the Judge in the case that they had changed their minds and no longer wanted to lease their property for use by a Sexually Violent Predator.

DeMaio, who has been spearheading a citizens’ revolt against the proposed placement, had negotiated with the owners to convince them to rescind their property offer. DeMaio credits the immediate outpouring of public comments against the proposal as the key to educating the property owners and sending the message to politicians who were blindly allowing these reckless placements in family communities.

While the Rancho Bernardo community can celebrate this win, DeMaio says the fight is far from over.

“While we are very pleased that the placement of this Sexually Violent Predator in Rancho Bernardo has been withdrawn, we worry about which neighborhood will be targeted next,” DeMaio shares.

“That’s why we will continue to demand reforms to the criminal justice system so that no family neighborhood will ever be targeted to receive any Sexually Violent Predators in their area,” DeMaio promises.

DeMaio is urging all San Diego voters concerned with the placement of Sexually Violent Predators to immediately contact the San Diego County Board of Supervisors to ask them to pass a reform package imposing greater accountability on site reviews for SVP placement. 

Specifically DeMaio is asking voters to write their representatives asking them to support a proposal (Agenda Item 3) docketed at the upcoming October 5 meeting by County Supervisor Jim Desmond that will begin the process of reform. (See contact information below) 

“Jim Desmond’s proposal is a great first step in fighting any future placements of Sexually Violent Predators and we need to get every voter in San Diego to communicate immediately to their representatives that they need to support Desmond’s proposal,” DeMaio says. 

DeMaio says voters should focus on communicating with District 3 County Supervisor Terra Lawsom-Remer because she’s been weak on the issue of Sexually Violent Predators in the past. 

“Just a few weeks ago Terra Lawson-Remer was saying that Sexually Violent Predators deserved privacy and she voted against public testimony in court proceedings regarding SVP placement – so I do not know if we can really count on her to vote responsibly on this issue,” DeMaio warned. 

After the County Board of Supervisors votes, DeMaio says the next step is to fight for changes in state law. DeMaio is working with public safety advocates on developing ideas to propose in the coming weeks. 

To join the fight against Sexually Violent Predators, sign up at 

Contact for Terra Lawson-Remer (District 3)

[email protected]
Phone: 619-531-5533

Contacts for all County Board of Supervisors