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

Saturday, February 18, 2006

Competing bills target sex offenders

By: DEIRDRE NEWMAN - Staff Writer, The Californian

Neighborhood protests

Southwest Riverside County was a cauldron of discontent over convicted sex offenders after David Allyn Dokich was paroled to a residential neighborhood in Mead Valley in May, prompting months of protests from area residents concerned about him living there.

Dokich is currently at the California Institute for Men in Chino after violating his parole, said Todd Slosek, a spokesman for the state Department of Corrections.

Based on Dokich's placement and other factors regarding his release, Riverside County Supervisor Jeff Stone has been one of the most ardent critics of the current system. He supports Jessica's Law, he said.

"Unfortunately, the only way to get substantial change in California is to go through the initiative process," Stone said.

All the legislators are touting their efforts as the most effective and protective. The Democratic legislators deny they are competing with Jessica's Law, but the timing of one of their bills has been characterized by some Republicans as political posturing.

"It's interesting to see Mr. Leno, when he realizes the public tide of frustration and anger at the state's inability to provide laws to protect youth from these sexual predators, all of a sudden he wants to be progressive and bring something to the floor of the Assembly," Stone said.

Leno, the chair of the Assembly Public Safety Committee, maintains that Republican legislators have made the reform of sex offender legislation a political issue. Only one Republican in the Assembly voted for his bill despite considerable backing around the state, he said.

"Our bill has universal law enforcement support," he said. "Police chiefs, police officers, the attorney general, the (state) district attorneys association, crime victims."

Many of these same associations also support Jessica's Law, Sharon Runner said.

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Don't be fooled when Mark Leno says "Our bill has universal law enforcement support,". Well of course it does. Any bill that gets tougher on criminals will have the support of law enforcement.

The question is, given a choice, would law enforcement choose Jessica's Law or Mark Leno's watered down version?

I think the choice is clear.

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