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

Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Officials back tougher sexual predator rules

San Jose Police Chief Rob Davis and other South Bay law enforcement officers appeared at a Monday press conference to support legislation that would require sexual predators to wear electronic tracking devices for the rest of their lives and make it easier for investigators to arrest anyone who uses the Internet to lure children to have sex.

The Sexual Predator Punishment and Control Act would also make possession of child pornography a felony, expand the number of people with severe restrictions on them after release from prison, keep paroled sexually violent offenders in a state mental hospital until they can show they are no longer a threat, and would extend parole for some sex offenders.

It's not as if somebody gets out of jail and those cravings cease,'' Davis said, adding that the majority of sex offenders "will continue . . . to victimize kids.''


Davis said the bills would require the state to consult with local governments before they place a paroled violent predator in the community. He noted this was not done when predator Cary Verse was placed in South San Jose last year ``under cover of darkness.''

Based on Florida law

Assembly Bill 231, by Assemblywoman Sharon Runner, R-Lancaster, and Senate Bill 588 by state Sen. George Runner, R-Lancaster, would also keep more convicted child molesters away from schools and parks, and keep them farther away than under current law.

The measures are based on Florida's "Jessica's Law," but are tougher in some areas, said former Stanislaus County Sheriff Les Weidman, the public safety liaison for Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.

``This tips the scales of justice in favor of the victims instead of the perpetrators,'' Weidman said.

Weidman appeared Monday with Davis; Mountain View Police Chief Scott Vermeer, representing the Santa Clara County Police Chiefs Association; Dennis Bacon, representing Santa Clara County Sheriff Laurie Smith; and Karyn Sinunu, chief assistant district attorney.

Davis said the proposed lifetime electronic-monitoring provision would not have made any difference in the case of serial molester Dean Schwartzmiller, who police said kept records indicating he may have had thousands of juvenile victims in a period of more than three decades, because he was not a registered sex offender. But he said it would keep track of other sex predators.

Currently, possession of child pornography is a misdemeanor, and sexually violent offenders are released into the community after a two-year period of intensive treatment in a mental hospital. Also, it now takes more than one conviction to be labeled sexually violent and be put under the most severe post-release restrictions. Under the proposal, one conviction would be enough.

But Assemblyman Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, says the bills represent a "shotgun'' approach to the problem that hasn't been well thought out.

"The GPS tells you where they are, but it doesn't tell you what they're doing,'' Leno said. He added that the bills lack an enforcement provision in the event an offender decides to throw away the GPS unit.

Alternative approach

A better investment, Leno said, would be to undertake a risk assessment of the 100,000 registered sex offenders, identify the ones most at risk of reoffending, and putting teams into the community that monitor them every day and offer them services to help prevent future criminal behavior. Leno said he will introduce his own bill in January.

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