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

Sunday, July 31, 2005

Sex offenders cutting off monitoring devices, disappearing

Jimmy James Felder, 37, reported to the St. Lucie County (search) Sheriff's Office Thursday afternoon. On Monday, Felder cut off his monitoring bracelet and threw it in a canal near a northern Fort Pierce elementary school.

Felder had been placed on conditional release Sunday upon completing a sentence for lewd and lascivious assault on a 14-year-old girl in 1992.

Another Florida sex offender, Patrick Bell, is still at large.

On Tuesday, Bell, 39, went to his mother's Palm Beach County (search) apartment, cut off his tracking bracelet and disappeared. Bell is black, 6 feet tall and 211 pounds. He has used the aliases Gregory Belk, Patrick Bell, Patrick W. Bell, Patrick Fountain and Patrick Fountian.

Bell was convicted of a lewd and lascivious act with a child under age 16 and attempted sexual battery of a child under age 12. He was declared a sexual predator by a Palm Beach County judge in 1999.

Charles Phillips, another Florida sexual offender with a violent history, had cut off his monitoring bracelet and fled last week. He was eventually caught in New York.

All three offenders were wearing bracelets made by Florida-based Pro Tech Monitoring. Wood said that the bracelets were not meant to be a "failsafe."

"These guys are going to take them off if they want to take them off. It's easy to cut off the bracelets," Wood said.

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A violent sexual offender is being sought by Idaho police after he cut off the electronic G-P-S tracking monitor on his ankle and disappeared.

Forty-three-year-old William Lightner of Boise was let out of prison three weeks ago after serving a sentence for lewd contact with a minor under the age of 16.

Police had been monitoring his whereabouts with an electronic tracking system and frequent visits, but when they went to his Boise home Saturday, he was gone and the bracelet was left behind.

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Federal and local authorities have caught up with an Ocoee man who fled to Mexico just before he was scheduled to surrender and go to prison earlier this month for a child sex-crimes conviction.

Gregory Dean Elder, 42, pleaded no contest to three counts of sexual battery on a child under 12 and two counts of lewd and lascivious molestation on a child, according to the Orange County Sheriff's Office.

He was set to receive 20 years in prison, but in late May Elder asked Circuit Judge Walter Komanski to temporarily keep him on house arrest so he couldget knee surgery, sheriff's officials said.

Komanski agreed and had an electronic ankle bracelet placed on Elder to monitor his movements, said Cpl. Roland Rivera of the sheriff's sex-offender surveillance squad. Elder was already registered as a sex offender, Rivera said.

Elder was scheduled to turn himself in on July 13, but left the area more than a week before that. Komanski could not be reached for comment Tuesday.

"He actually stayed in town until July 4, and then took off," Rivera said. "We were notified on about the seventh."

Elder apparently cut through his ankle bracelet to remove it. Officials with the Orange County Jail monitor defendants on house arrest.

Jail spokesman Allen Moore said Elder cut the bracelet on July 3, but since it was a holiday weekend, officials handling community surveillance or home confinement did not become aware until July 5.

A warrant for Elder's arrest was issued July 7, according to Moore and online court records.

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