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

Tuesday, October 04, 2005

Gov. Schwarzenegger vetoes AB 632, signs other sex offender bills

Gov. Schwarzenegger vetoed AB 632 today, saying that under the bill, not one sexual offender would have spent a day longer in prison, been prohibited from living near schools or been monitored by satellite tracking.

Under the bill, a 15-member Sex Offender Management Board would oversee sex offenders in the state and use federal money to make recommendations on how best to house, treat, track, assess and coordinate their placement into communities. There are about 105,000 registered sex offenders in California. About 20,000 of them remain under law enforcement supervision.

The bill by Assemblyman Todd Spitzer, R-Orange, and Assemblywoman Judy Chu, D-Monterey Park, stemmed in part from the controversy surrounding the parole of convicted serial child rapist and high risk sex offender David Allyn Dokich to the Riverside County community of Mead Valley.

AB 632 passed the assembly with a rare, 72-0 vote.

"This bill is a recipe to create more red tape, not public safety," the governor wrote. "Rather than putting the focus on protecting kids and others from sexual offenders, AB 632 simply grows government,".

He urged lawmakers instead to pass the "comprehensive sex offender punishment and control reform(Jessica's Law)" that was contained in two bills that he supported but that stalled in the Democrat-dominated Legislature.

Spitzer said Schwarzenegger had been "hoodwinked and snookered" by his Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, which has been criticized for clustering paroled sex offenders in apartments and houses.

"The Department of Corrections obviously does not want to be accountable for the placement of sex offenders in California," Spitzer said.

Perhaps Chu said it best when she said Schwarzenegger "missed the point" of her bill.

"It's not about putting more sex offenders behind bars," she said. "It's to deal with the ones that have been set free."

Gov. Schwarzenegger did sign the following bills:

  • Allow counties and the state to strap global positioning system devices to the ankles of criminals on probation or parole and track them 24 hours a day, seven days a week (SB 619 by Sen. Jackie Speier, D-Hillsborough)
  • Prevent Medi-Cal from paying for erectile dysfunction drugs for registered sex offenders, in line with a May directive that Schwarzenegger issued to state agencies (AB 522 by Assemblyman George Plescia, R-San Diego).
  • Strip judges of the discretion to order therapy or probation instead of prison for people who sexually abuse their children or stepchildren (SB 33 by Sen. Jim Battin, R-La Quinta).
  • Give the victims of certain felony sex offenses when they were children until their 28th birthday to report those crimes (SB 111 by Sen. Elaine Alquist, D-Santa Clara).
  • Ban courts from granting custody or unsupervised visitation rights to a parent who lives with a convicted child molester (SB 594 by Sen. Tom Torlakson, D-Antioch).
  • Prohibit certain child molesters on parole from living within half a mile of public or private schools (AB 113 by Assemblywoman Rebecca Cohn, D-Saratoga).


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