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Tehama County DA Continues To Fight To Keep Cameron Hooker Behind Bars

A Tehama County man sentenced to 74 years in state prison in 1985 for keeping a woman in a wooden box could face another trial later this year to determine if he is a “sexually violent predator”. 68-year-old Cameron Hooker of Red Bluff was convicted of kidnapping then 20-year-old Colleen Stan in 1977 and keeping her as a sex slave for seven years. Hooker came up for parole in 2015, but was denied because the panel said he was manipulative, and lacked remorse and still posed a danger to society. But with changes in state law, and an accumulation of good credits, he became eligible for parole again last year. To prevent him from being released, Tehama County District Attorney Mathew Rogers is seeking to have him labeled as a sexually violent predator because he tortured and raped Stann during the kidnapping, and may suffer from a mental disorder. He is set to return to court in September for a trial in which a jury will decide whether or not he is a sexually violent predator. If that is the case, he will be moved to a state hospital for treatment, and could face an additional 20 years. Stan was hitchhiking in 1977 when she was kidnapped by Hooker. The case was moved from Tehama County to San Mateo County so that the jury would not be swayed by negative news coverage.