EL DORADO COUNTY, California (October 25, 2023) – El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office
“A committed Sexually Violent Predator may be released into El Dorado County, and we need our communities’ help! Please come to this important meeting on November 8th at 9am. The location of the meeting will be Dept 9, 3321 Cameron Park Dr. Cameron Park. The meeting is open to the public and your participation is strongly encouraged.”
In a contentious decision that has left a community in turmoil, convicted sex offender David Bergey, who was labeled a Sexually Violent Predator (SVP) by the state in 1998, is slated for release into the community. This has raised serious concerns about public safety and has prompted the first public Housing Committee Meeting scheduled for November 8, 2023.
In 1993, David Bergey was convicted of sex crimes involving two separate minor victims, resulting in an 8-year and 8-month prison sentence. After serving his term, he was classified as an SVP by the state of California in 1998. Consequently, instead of being released into the community, Bergey was admitted to the Department of State Hospitals for specialized treatment.
The latest twist in this long-standing case is a court order mandating Bergey’s release into the community. This order follows the assessment of three doctors who found him suitable for treatment outside the state hospital.
“Bergey currently remains in the state hospital, but recently a court ordered him released after three doctors found him to be suitable for treatment in the community. While the DA’s Office and its law enforcement partners understand an SVP is entitled to less restrictive treatment in the community, the public is also entitled to safety, security, and knowing what is happening with the release of each SVP. Your voice deserves to be heard and your opinion on where an SVP lives matters in the process!” -EDSO
The decision to release an SVP into the community, especially in cases as severe as Bergey’s, raises valid concerns among the public. Citizens, understandably, are keen on ensuring their safety, security, and understanding the details surrounding the release of such individuals.
The First Public Housing Committee Meeting:
Scheduled for November 8, 2023, the first public Housing Committee Meeting is a crucial step in the process of relocating and securing suitable housing for David Bergey. This meeting will involve key county partners, including the El Dorado County District Attorney, County Counsel, Sheriff’s Office, and Public Defender. Additionally, representatives from the Department of State Hospitals and Liberty Healthcare will be present.
The outcome of this meeting will be pivotal in determining the parameters of David Bergey’s reintegration into the community. It will shape the policies and safeguards in place to protect public safety.
The case of David Bergey highlights the importance of public involvement in such decisions. Citizens are encouraged to voice their concerns, ask questions, and stay informed about the process to ensure their interests are well represented and their community remains secure.