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Rep. Cook Applauds Judge’s Decision Against Placing Violent Predator in Joshua Tree

WASHINGTON –Yesterday, Ventura County Judge Nancy Ayers ruled against the proposed placement of a sexually violent predator, Ross Leo Wollschlager, in the Joshua Tree community.

Wollschlager was convicted of raping two women in 1983. He served prison time and was released on parole in 1987. While on parole, he entered the room of a 10-year-old girl asleep in her bed and sexually assaulted her. He returned to state prison and was declared a sexually violent predator under the State Welfare & Institutions Code.

Last month, Rep. Paul Cook (R-Apple Valley) joined with the San Bernardino Board of Supervisors and many residents in the community in opposing Wollschlager’s placement in Joshua Tree and sent this letter to the Ventura County Judge.

In response to the Judge’s decision, Cook said, “I’m relieved that Judge Ayers agreed to put safety first and listened to the concerns of our community. Wollschlager has no ties to San Bernardino County and this would have posed a unnecessary risk to the residents of the area and more than 3 million annual visitors to Joshua Tree National Park.”

A member of the House Natural Resources and Armed Services Committees, Cook served as an infantry officer and retired after 26 years as a Colonel in the U.S. Marine Corps. During his time in combat, he was awarded the Bronze Star and two Purple Hearts.

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