A House Of Cards
There has been a great deal of community controversy
in Newberry Springs over the proposed housing of the
infamous Sexually Violent Predator and serial rapist of children,
Lawtis Donald Rhoden.
With the housing having been supposedly
promised to have been readied for Mr. Rhoden, I had presumed
that the landowner had the property properly prepared.
And, I presumed the possibility that the property might not be
insured against the known hazards of Newberry Springs.
With the ease that unattended properties are
looted, as my viewers know, I suggested to the property's
controller (arguably an owner), Mr. William Petropoulos of
Spring Valley Lake, the excellent idea of insurance.
I must now make a correction.
The house at 47998 Lake Irene Drive in Newberry Springs doesn't
need insurance for what I had envisioned. It's
It seems that the house has already been
stripped of almost everything, including the kitchen appliances
and cabinets, and that it had not been made habitable
Earlier photographs publicly published by
a realtor apparently missed certain views of damage.
Let's just say that one room might have direct ventilation
to the attic. Whether the house is up to Code and
habitable... appears questionable.
Is this what Liberty Healthcare has been
spending state money on? Com'on, we need a state
investigation of this.
We only have Liberty Healthcare as the
go-to entity in California to handle the placement and the
monitoring of all of the state's Sexually Violent Predators
and the company has demonstrated, IMHO, major
If they can't perform the company's due
diligence in recognizing the infeasibility of placing Lawtis
Rhoden in Newberry Springs, how much confidence can we have
in Liberty Healthcare to properly monitor and protect the
community from Rhoden? The company appears drunk at
the wheel !
Tricking the judge.
I see utter incompetence in Liberty Healthcare.
And, I feel somewhat sorry for Orange County's Superior Court
Judge Megan Wagner who I feel that Liberty Healthcare has been
screwing. The judge should imbed her gavel into
Liberty Healthcare's head.
Liberty Healthcare should have had Rhoden
appropriately situated in housing well over a year ago.
The judge has got to be frustrated. Judge Wagner can
not place Rhoden herself, she has to approve a recommendation
by Liberty Healthcare. And when Liberty Healthcare doesn't
perform its duty to find an appropriate location, it ties up
her court and it upsets communities.
The September 2, 2021, court hearing in
Fullerton had hours of solid testimony on major factors
that had been overlooked, ignored, or more likely
not researched by Liberty Healthcare on why the Newberry
Springs address is not suitable for Rhoden's residency.
Liberty Healthcare isn't doing the job it is being paid for.
Newberry Springs understands with the judge
that Rhoden needs to be placed. The question now is
whether the judge allows Rhoden his constitutional right to be
released, and as recommended by Liberty Healthcare.
Or whether the judge is willing to delay Rhoden's placement
by requiring Liberty Healthcare to properly perform its job
and find a safe location for him.
This matter has been on the judge's desk
for far too long. She undoubtedly wants it to be over.
The question is whether she will reward Liberty Healthcare
for stalling her through its continued incompetence.
Meanwhile, Godisgood, Inc., the Arizona
non-profit that holds the title to the Lake Irene Drive
property, and is managed by William Petropoulos, appears to
have some questionable operational issues that the San
Bernardino County District Attorney is planning to bring
before the court. So, the saga and suspense deepens.
Where's the cheese?
Liberty Healthcare called for the September 2,
hearing. Yet, no Liberty Healthcare representatives were
respectfully in the courtroom. I believe that a handful
were viewing on Webex but they did not speak. As the
matter is continued to September 24, they will have a
turn to dance their spin.
Due to multiple concerns, including COVID-19,
the marvelous bus accommodations for Newberrians were only
one-quarter occupied as most residents drove themselves to the
The bus however was important and its occupants
filled the last remaining seats in the courtroom. The
courtroom wouldn't have been able to handle more. So, the
hearing had an impressive packed showing of Newberry residents
who spoke well before the judge.
The hearing has been continued to Sept. 24.
The court hearing for the placement of Lawtis Rhoden in
Newberry Springs has been continued to September 24, at
the Fullerton Courthouse, Department N10 (or N2). The address is 1275 N.
Berkeley Avenue, Fullerton, CA 92832.
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