Senator Scott Wilk (R-Santa Clarita) issued the following statement in response to tonight’s placement of convicted sexual predator Calvin Grassmier in the Antelope Valley community of Littlerock:
“Residents of the Antelope Valley said ‘NO’ but the Newsom Administration said ‘YES’ to the placement of convicted sexual predator Calvin Grassmier in Littlerock. Just because La Crescenta balked about Grassmier’s potential placement in its ‘family-oriented’ community, there is no excuse for the Antelope Valley to become the go-to receptacle of the state’s creepers. No community wants these dangerous parolees – I get that – so maybe the safest solution would be to leave them in prison where they belong,” said Senator Wilk.
Back in July, a Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge blocked the placement of the 66-year-old Grassmier in the community of La Crescenta and then gave the green light to place Grassmier in Littlerock.
In 2018, Senator Wilk authored Senate Bill 1199 (SB 1199), which addresses the ‘dumping’ of criminals in more affordable or rural areas of the state. SB 1199 expanded the protections against releasing sexually violent predators into random communities to include, when reasonably possible, taking family and community ties into consideration, as well as the availability of reentry services when determining where inmates convicted of registrable sex offenses are placed. This law applies except in cases where such placement would violate any other law or pose a risk to the victim. Rural, less populated communities like the Antelope and Victor Valleys should not be collateral damage when convicted sex offenders go from prison to parole. The influx of violent criminals into rural towns and cities poses an unacceptable risk to the residents. Assemblymember Tom Lackey co-authored SB 1199.