Sexually Violent Predator (SVP) William Rahar

SVP Program

California law categorizes one segment of sex offenders as Sexually Violent Predators (SVP).  California law provides that after they have served their full prison sentence, instead of being paroled, SVPs are committed to the California Department of State Hospitals (DSH) for treatment in a secured DSH facility.  The period of commitment is indefinite and SVPs must participate in a Sex Offender Treatment Program.  The goal of treatment is to reduce the risk of an SVP committing a new sexual offense so they can return safely when they are eventually released to the community as members of society.

California law mandates that trained psychologists evaluate SVPs at DSH on an annual basis to monitor their progress.  Once evaluators determine an SVP has sufficiently addressed their risk factors in treatment, and the court finds the same thing has been proven, the next phase is placement in the community for outpatient treatment.  Sex offender treatment continues throughout this phase while an SVP re-acclimates to life in the community.  An SVP must participate in outpatient treatment for at least one year, and may continue as long as necessary to address risk factors and ensure they are no longer a likely danger to the community.

SVP Community Release in Sacramento County

On June 29, 2021, the Sacramento Superior Court granted a petition to release William Rahar to the community for outpatient treatment, based on the recommendation of DSH evaluators.  Mr. Rahar was prosecuted by the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office for lewd and lascivious conduct with a minor and convicted of that crime in 1989, when he was sentenced to state prison for six years.  After serving this prison commitment, Mr. Rahar re-offended by again committing lewd and lascivious conduct in 1995.  The Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office prosecuted him for the new offense, and upon conviction, he was sentenced to 12 years in state prison.  At the conclusion of this state prison commitment, Mr. Rahar was placed at the DSH after the District Attorney’s Office successfully petitioned to have him designated as a Sexually Violent Predator (SVP).  Mr. Rahar has been in continual custody between his CDCR sentence and subsequent DSH commitment for the past three decades.

As required by legislation passed in 2023, once a court finds a SVP is ready for outpatient treatment, the law requires that theDA, local law enforcement, County Counsel,  and the attorney representing the SVP collaborate with DSH in a “housing committee” to assist DSH in the process of locating a residence within the county to place the SVP during their outpatient treatment.

DSH’s search for a suitable housing placement has been ongoing for nearly two and a half years.  The Sacramento District Attorney’s Office, Sacramento Sheriff’s Office, and County Counsel have participated in the “housing committee” process and have demanded that public safety be the highest concern.  The final recommendation by the Department of State Hospitals and its partner, Liberty Healthcare, is 6512 Excelsior Road in the Rosemont area of Sacramento County.

With public safety foremost priority, the Sacramento Sheriff’s Office’s Sexual Assault Felony Enforcement (SAFE) team conducted a thorough site assessment.  This property is located within SSO’s jurisdiction, and the Sheriff’s Office is familiar with it based on past placement of SVPs at the location.  The site assessment examined the distance from this property to law enforcement stations, medical or emergency services, and schools or educational facilities.

The Department of State Hospitals and Liberty Healthcare have formally recommended the Excelsior Road residence to the Court for consideration as an appropriate placement for Mr. Rahar to participate in outpatient treatment as mandated by the law and court order.

As a convicted sex offender, Mr. Rahar must register with the Sacramento Sheriff’s Office under Penal Code section 290 for life.  He will also be monitored with a G.P.S. device.  To further ensure he is properly supervised throughout outpatient treatment, the Sacramento District Attorney’s Office has also requested that the court include the following in the terms of Mr. Rahar’s release:

  • He must comply with any search requested by law enforcement;

  • P.S. tracking data must be shared with the Sacramento Sheriff’s Office’s SAFE team;

  • Employment information, including work schedule and travel routes, must be continually shared with the Sacramento Sheriff’s Office’s SAFE team.

As the District Attorney’s Office’s goal is to ensure public safety, this notice is published to give community members an opportunity and means of voicing their concerns and objections.  The District Attorney’s Office can then bring the concerns to the court’s attention prior to a final decision on placement.  Please be advised that comments should include factual information or observations; comments that include harassing, derogatory, or threatening language will not be submitted to the court.

The final hearing on placement is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. on February 23, 2024, before Judge Steven Gevercer in Department 31 of the Sacramento Superior Court.  Please submit any concerns to by 5:00 p.m. on February 21, 2024.