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

Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Todd Spitzer: I need your help to monitor sex offenders

I NEED YOUR HELP in urging Governor Schwarzenegger to sign AB 632 (Chu and Spitzer, Runner Principal Co-Author). This legislation will create the California Sex Offender Management Board, bringing together the agencies that manage sex offenders, while assessing current practices in parole supervision of sex offenders, and identifying and recommending the best practices.

State departments responsible for sex-offender management continue to put the lives of residents and our children in jeopardy. The Department of Mental Health, which manages the placement of sexually violent predators (SVP), attempted to place Douglas Badger near San Diego State University.

Convicted more than 20 times, Badger is a habitual sex offender who preys on men from 18 to 29 years of age. A lack of communication and oversight between various state and local agencies nearly allowed a sexually violent predator to be placed in his prime target area.

Mead Valley residents continue the fight against the placement of David Allyn Dokich in their community. A convicted violent sex offender, Dokich has vowed to kill his next victim in an effort to prevent that person from testifying against him in court. Dokich was convicted of raping a 15-year-old Orange County girl in 1982 and spent two years in prison. He was convicted a second time in 1987 of raping a 16-year-old Lake Elsinore girl.

In San Jose, Dean Arthur Schwartzmiller was arrested on suspicion of molesting two boys. A log he kept indicates that he might have molested a many as 36,000 victims. The Department of Mental Health, which manages the placement of Sexually Violent Predators (SVP), attempted to place Douglas Badger near San Diego State University. Convicted over twenty times, Mr. Badger is a habitual sex offender that preys on men from 18 to 29 years of age. It was the lack of communication and oversight that nearly allowed a Sexually Violent Predator to be placed in his prime target area.

California has the unique distinction of being the most populous state in the union that does not have a separate agency designated solely to manage sex offender placement, tracking, and rehabilitation practices. Texas, Colorado, New Mexico, Illinois, Tennessee and Minnesota are just a few states that have implemented effective and successful programs. California state agencies currently lack effective and responsible communication with each other when placing sexual predators in our communities. The result is often a disjointed and dangerous system of confusion.

This is absolutely crucial legislation given the numerous reports from around the state where the current disjointed system has jeopardized the safety of our communities.

  • AB 632 passed out of the Legislature without any opposition.
  • This bill is currently on the Governor’s desk for his signature or veto.
  • The rumor is that the Department of Corrections, one of the agencies responsible for the “mismanagement” of sex offenders, is recommending a veto.
We have the opportunity of working together to maintain our quality of life, while protecting our children and communities.

We urge the public to help us make California safer. Call (916) 445-2841 or write the governor's office and urge him to vote for AB 632.

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger

State Capitol

Sacramento, CA 95814

Letters may also be faxed to (916) 445-4633.
E-Mail: Assemblymember.Spitzer@assembly.ca.gov

I have provided below a draft letter to Governor Schwarzenegger indicating support for the bill. I ask that you take a few minutes to cut and paste the text of the letter and personalize it by inserting your name, address and any personal story regarding why you feel this legislation must be passed.

You may fax the letter using the fax number indicated in the letter or e-mail Governor Schwarzenegger at governor@governor.ca.gov with “Support AB 632” in the subject line. I would appreciate if you could provide me a copy of your correspondence for my records.

Thank you in advance for helping me encourage the Governor to sign this important legislation that will advance public safety and ensure the safety of our children remain a top priority of this state.


SAMPLE LETTER or FAX

DATE

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger
State Capitol
Sacramento, CA 95814

Facsimile: (916) 445-4633
E-Mail: governor@governor.ca.gov

RE: SUPPORT for Assembly Bill 632 (Chu and Spitzer, Runner Principal Co-Author)

Dear Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger:

I write to you today on behalf of ______________________, to voice (my/our) support for AB 632, which would create the California Sex Offender Management Board.

The Sex Offender Management Board will assess statewide practices of sex offender placement and monitoring, conduct policy research, develop reports and make recommendations to the legislature and the Governor to achieve a level of standardized best practices across the state. Area-specific management is necessary to ensure efficient communication and coordination between state and local agencies responsible for sex offender placement. The Sex Offender Management Board is mandated to monitor and report on best practices that can be implemented statewide to better protect residents.

Unlike many other states, California has no coordinated or centralized communication, decision-making or research infrastructure specific to managing sex offenders in the community on parole, probation or conditional release.

Most convicted sex offenders are released from the criminal justice system into our communities following sentencing or after a term of incarceration. It is imperative that a comprehensive and cohesive network of interventions be in place to control their behaviors. Only through organized communication and collaborative efforts can those responsible for sex offender management contain these offenders and minimize the risk of future sexual victimization.

Thank you in advance for your favorable response to this very important bill. (We are/I am) pleased to support AB 632.

Sincerely,

Name
Title
Organization

cc: Assemblymember Todd Spitzer

Facsimile: (916) 319-2171
E-Mail: Assemblymember.Spitzer@assembly.ca.gov


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