SAN DIEGO — A court hearing was held on Friday regarding the proposed placement of a convicted sex offender into a supervised home in East County. Concerned residents conveyed their thoughts regarding the proposed Jacumba Hot Springs housing site.
Michael James Poulsom, 60, was convicted on three separate occasions -- including twice in San Diego County -- for sex crimes involving children, according to the San Diego County District Attorney's Office.
One of Poulsom's victims spoke at Friday's hearing about how he molested and victimized her as a young child.
He was sentenced to 15 years in state prison in 1995, but prior to his release date, prosecutors petitioned to have Poulsom committed to a state hospital as a Sexually Violent Predator or SVP, a designation for those convicted of sexually violent offenses and diagnosed with a mental disorder -- pedophilia disorder, in Poulsom's case -- that makes them a danger to the public.
A jury found Poulsom to be an SVP and he was committed to the Department of State Hospitals to undergo treatment.
He's since petitioned for release from the hospital and into the Conditional Release or CONREP program for sex offenders.
The judge in the case ended the hearing without rendering a decision. He said it could be coming in the next few weeks.