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Prowler Who Raped Victims Sleeping in Their Beds Possibly San Bernardino County Bound
Undated Photo: Ross Leo Wollschlager,

Prowler Who Raped Victims Sleeping in Their Beds Possibly San Bernardino County Bound

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A predator deemed “sexually violent” and also labeled as a “substantial threat of harm to others” by the Department of Mental Health has tentatively ordered to move from Ventura to San Bernardino County. 

Ross Leo Wollschlager, also known as Ross Leo Mollschlanger and Ross Leo Wollshlager, committed multiple crimes, all of a sexual nature. Wollschlager, a sexually violent prowler went through neighborhoods in Ventura County at night entering occupied homes while his young victims we sleeping in their beds.

Wollschlager apparently targeted young females, including one girl who was around 10-years-old when he entered her home through an unlocked door. When 19-years-old in 1983, Wollschlager was first convicted of forcible rape. Tried for four counts of forcible rape, as part of a plea agreement, he was admitted to and was convicted of only two counts. As a result of the conviction he was sentenced to eight years in prison. 

Less than a year and a half after being released, while still on parole, Wollschlager was again in court for forcible child molestation and burglary he was ordered to serve over 13 more years in prison. Although the Department of Mental Health found him to still be a danger to society, other expert witnesses said that due to his age and extensive therapy, he should again be released. 

The San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office said that, on March 28, 2019, the Ventura County Superior Court found “extraordinary circumstances” existed to authorize relocating Wollschlager outside of Ventura County. “He was first scheduled to be sent to Sacramento County,” said District Attorney officials. “After unsuccessfully attempting to relocate Wollschlager to Sacramento County, the Ventura County Superior Court ordered Liberty Healthcare to consider additional counties, including San Bernardino County.”

As a result, the Sexually Violent Predator on September 19, 2019, was tentatively ordered to live in a Joshua Tree home. “San Bernardino County District Attorney Jason Anderson, Sheriff John McMahon, and other county officials strongly object to this Sexually Violent Predator being ordered to live in Joshua Tree,” San Bernardino County District Attorney’s officials said.  “District Attorney Anderson has ordered deputies of his own SVP Unit to go to Ventura County on November 7 and oppose Wollschlager’s release to our community.”

Those interested are encouraged to attend a community meeting on Monday, October 21 at 5:30pm, at 

The Sportsman’s Club, located at 6225 Sunburst Ave in the City of Joshua Tree.

You may email concerns and opinions to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department at paffairs@sbcsd.org

or send a letter to:

San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office


303 West 3rd Street, 6th Floor

San Bernardino, CA 92415-0502

Attn: Deputy District Attorney Maureen O’Connell

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This article was written by a staff member of the 24/7 Headline News Organization

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  • Ross Leo Wollschlager,: Submitted
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