The man that authorities call a sexually violent predator has found a permanent home in Fresno. Convicted sex offender Jeffrey Snyder has been ordered on Monday to live at El Muir Motel near G street and Church, just south of the Poverello House. The Fresno Police Department said Snyder will be monitored with an ankle bracelet, and he’s not allowed to leave the motel premises without permission or supervision.
Since Snyder was released from the Coalinga state hospital in August, he’s been living in and out of various motels. He has served his sentence for molesting five boys. The state contractor, Liberty Healthcare, has explored nearly 1,800 homes for Snyder, but none of them have worked out until now.
George Macias owns Advanced Auto Machine, an auto shop that is just a block away from El Muir. He stated on Monday, “Well, this is an industrial area, it’s a bad area.”
The Fresno County District attorney’s Office has labeled Snyder a sexually violent predator, whose victims were children. Macias said he often sees kids in the area, and he’s concerned.
“I saw like a six year old girl with maybe a three or four year old girl walking the streets here, and I called the cops because I was kinda worried about that, because there’s a lot of street walkers here and homeless people and prostitution,” stated Macias.
The owner of El Muir tells us there are five to ten sex offenders and parolees who currently stay at the motel, and they rarely get families with kids who check in. But if they do, he said they are warned.
Rick Thomas, the Senior Deputy District Attorney for Fresno County said, “We would prefer he’s in the hospital, but the court made a different decision and this place so far seems to be working for him. There’s been no issues there.”
Police said Snyder will have to register every 90 days. They said he will also be monitored by a GPS device on his ankle, and if he ever wants to leave El Muir, he’ll have to get permission from State contractor Liberty Healthcare and someone will always escort him. Essentially, police said Snyder will never be alone, unless he’s at El Muir.
“It’s probably the best of a bad situation, is the way I would put it,” ended Thomas.
There is an elementary school a mile away from El Muir, but Fresno Policen said most children don’t walk by the motel on their way to school.
Snyder’s next hearing is in July.