David Allyn Dokich - Serial Child Rapist / High Risk Sex Offender

Wednesday, July 06, 2005

Article - Flurry of legislation aims to tighten controls on sex offenders

By: DEIRDRE NEWMAN - Staff Writer / North County Times

The furor that erupted from the placement of a paroled high-risk sex offender in a residential neighborhood in Mead Valley has spawned a flurry of local and statewide efforts to toughen laws.

Critics are outraged at the May parole of David Allyn Dokich to a group home off Highway 74 between Perris and Hemet. Their complaints include that they weren't given enough advance notification, that Dokich is too close to a school near the group home and that he shouldn't have been moved to a residential area at all.

With emotions running at a fevered pitch, the Riverside County Board of Supervisors recently adopted an ordinance, Supervisor Jeff Stone is leading the charge for a voter initiative and at least two local legislators have introduced bills ---- all to reform the process of how the state deals with sex offenders. They say Dokich's release exposed gaping flaws in the system that need to be rectified to protect the public.

One of the bills, by Sen. Jim Battin, R-La Quinta, was quashed in the Assembly Public Safety Committee June 21. Three others introduced earlier this year by Sen. Dennis Hollingsworth, R-Murrieta, met a similar fate in the Senate's counterpart committee.

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