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

Wednesday, July 13, 2005

Senate Public Safety Approves Benoit’s Sex Offender Parole Reform Measure

ASSEMBLY

California Legislature


John J. Benoit

Sixty-FOURTH district


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

07/12/05


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Senate Public Safety Approves Benoit’s Sex Offender Parole Reform Measure

Governor-Backed Bill Clears First Hurdle in Senate


SACRAMENTO – Today, Assemblyman John J. Benoit’s (R-Palm Desert) legislation aimed at preventing the reoccurrence of many of the problems associated with the release of paroled convicted sex offenders was approved by the Senate Public Safety Committee. Benoit’s proposal was prompted by circumstances surrounding the placement of David Allyn Dokich into a Mead Valley neighborhood recently. Less than two days notice was given after a last moment location switch.

“As a former law enforcement professional, my priority is keeping people safe. I understand the importance of proper notification to both the residents and local law enforcement to allow them to prepare for this type of violent parolee in their area. Families have a right to feel safe in their community – and we as public authorities have a duty to keep them safe. My bill will correct some major shortcomings made evident by David Dokich’s manner of release,” stated Benoit.

As passed, Assembly Bill 1120 (Benoit) would:

1) Mandate personal telephone notification to designated officials in the District Attorneys Office and Local Police/Sheriff’s offices, in addition to existing written notifications required by current law.

2) Establish a Law Enforcement Consortium to allow local law enforcement officials to work with the Department of Corrections in a formal collaborative process to address issues relating to offender re-entry, with the goal of increased public safety.

“It is my intent for the consortium to weigh issues such as unlicensed group homes housing numerous sex offenders and proper site selection for violent sex offenders,” said Benoit. A consortium of this type existed in the 1990’s and was instrumental in bringing forward meaningful changes in the sentencing and parole of sex offenders. Unfortunately, the consortium was never passed into law and disbanded under the former administration in Sacramento. I want to bring it back to stay,” continued Assemblyman Benoit.

Benoit added, “I’ve worked closely with the Governor Schwarzenegger’s office and the Department of Corrections in developing this proposal. I appreciate their willingness to work with me to prevent a re-occurrence of the problems we experienced with the Dokich placement.”

The bill as originally drafted included a 45 day extension of the sexual predator’s term for notification but was removed at the direction of the majority democrats on the committee because of a perceived violation of the sex offender’s rights. Hopefully the consortium will address that issue when it convenes.

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Assemblyman John J. Benoit’s law enforcement career spans 31 years, including 13 as a California Highway Patrol Commander in Riverside County. Assemblyman Benoit is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and has held key positions in both local and countywide police chief associations. Since 2002, he has represented the 64th Assembly District, which includes Mead Valley and the cities of Riverside, Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage, Indian Wells, Bermuda Dunes, Moreno Valley, Canyon Lake and portions of Perris, Lake Elsinore, Temecula, Hemet, Menifee and Murrieta.

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