Neighbors in the North West Fresno neighborhood of La Paz Avenue are relieved that a convicted violent sexual predator won’t be moving into their area, but now they are questioning whether 61-year-old, Jeffrey Snyder should be released at all. 
 
Snyder has multiple convictions dating back to 1979 that range from oral copulation of a minor, lewd acts on a minor, as well as 3 felony convictions of annoying and molesting minors. 
 
Assistant District Attorney, Steve Wright said all of Snyder’s victims were young boys between the ages of 8 – 17, and Snyder’s convictions classify him as a “sexually violent predator.”
 
Snyder served a ten year prison sentence and was eligible for parole in 2004.
 
The district attorney opposed his released in 2004 and petitioned he be committed to a state hospital instead, Snyder then went to the Coalinga State Hospital where he has been housed until now. 
 
The state hospital is now considering Snyder ready to be conditionally released to the public, and made an attempt to place him in a rental home in North West Fresno.  
 
“And the fact that they tried to slip this under the radar and not tell anybody was a whole other issue,” said Stephen Smith. 
 
Smith lives in the La Paz area with his wife and children. 
 
The homes landlord said she was unaware of who would be living in her rental since the contract was handled through a third party management company, A-One Property management, and she doesn’t believe the property management company asked enough questions. 
 
In a statement, the landlord said, “I was given all the information and we took action and canceled the agreement, I’d like to apologize to the community and let them know I stand behind them.”
 
There is a hearing scheduled for September 27, the district attorney’s office is accepting public comments in regards to Jeffrey’s Snyder’s release. 
 
Email: DAMail@co.fresno.ca.us
Mail: Fresno County District Attorney’s Office
Attn: Sexual Assault Unit
2220 Tulare St., Suite 1000
Fresno, CA 93721