The community of Prunedale, California, is expected to become the new home for 62-year-old Eldridge Chaney after a court approved his application for supervised release.
Chaney was convicted in 1978 and again in 1988 on two counts of rape and another of attempted rape.
But he subsequently completed four treatment programs in state mental health hospitals, leading Judge Lydia Villarreal to rule that his October 2014 application for supervised release should be accepted.
“They shouldn’t be rewarded, and to me that’s what it is. They’re being rewarded to live out here,” said Fronzaline Messerli, a local resident, reports Inquisitr. “I really think it’s just wrong that the folks who don’t abide by the rules and they are almost like rewarded to live in this very peaceful neighborhood and make everyone else feel uncomfortable.”
Chaney’s victims included a 16-year-old girl, and in all cases he forced his way in to the home, KSBW reported.
“Chaney used the element of surprise in all his assaults and twice used weapons to overcome his victim’s resistance,” said Monterey County Sheriff’s Detective Larry Bryant. “Eldridge Chaney’s victim selection does not have a clear pattern. Victims range in age from teens to middle-age females.”
A meeting for residents will be held next week, but ultimately it will be the court that will make the final decision.
“Neither the Monterey County Sheriff’s Office nor the Safe Task Force is responsible for the proposed residential site,” said Bryant, reports Inquisitr. “The selection of the residence is the responsibility of California’s Department of State Hospitals as contracted with Liberty Healthcare and the California Superior Court, County of Monterey.”
The Monterey County Sheriff’s Office emphasized that while residents were free to voice their views on the matter, making use of the publicized address for other reasons would not be permitted.
“Misuse of this information in the form of harassment, threats or other related activities can result in criminal prosecution or civil remedies,” the office said.