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

Thursday, February 16, 2006

Spitzer Rebuffs Nunez’s Response To Sexually Violent Predator Problem

Member of Assembly Public Safety Committee criticizes Speaker’s sex offender proposal

(Sacramento)- Assemblymember Todd Spitzer (R-Orange) today responded to Speaker Fabian Nunez proposing stronger sex offender legislation:

“The Sexually Violent Predator (SVP) issue is nothing new in this state, although Nunez’s apparent surprise seems to indicate he’s paid little attention to the matter.

The Assembly Public Safety Committee heard testimony last year regarding this very issue. In January 2005, during a hearing entitled ‘Sex Offender Treatment in the Community,’ San Diego County Supervisor Ron Roberts addressed the committee regarding Douglass Badger, an SVP scheduled to be released from Atascadero. Mr. Badger was convicted of molesting teenage boys between the ages of 18-25. The Department of Mental Health wanted to place him across the street from San Diego State University, his prime target area. Given this egregious threat to public safety, my legislative colleagues and I authored legislation in response to this issue.

With election season upon us, it appears crucial that Speaker Nunez address the public forum and pledge himself to protecting our children from sexual predators. Oddly, he failed to mention that for nearly two years he has killed substantive legislation that would have strengthened laws against sex offenders. Many of us in the Legislature, even those of his own party, have witnessed our bills on the subject butchered and killed by Nunez’s pro-criminal Public Safety Committee.

Last year, I authored AB 603. Originally, this bill expanded the term of civil commitment from two years to five years, exactly what Nunez is proposing. When it became clear that this bill would die in committee, I amended it to prevent periods of civil commitment from counting toward an SVP’s parole supervision period. Under current law, a parolee’s civil commitment process and parole time run concurrently. As such, SVP’s who are referred to the Department of Mental Health for civil commitment may already have completed their parole term by the time they are released from supervision and control.

Not surprisingly, Speaker Nunez sent out his decree to his soft-on-crime liberals, who constitute a majority of the Assembly Public Safety Committee, assuring this bill was dead on arrival, even after committee hearings and public testimony about the dangers of the current treatment for SVPs. In fact, this was one of many bills that met the same fate.

Others included:
  • SB 864 (Poochigian) to extend the period of commitment for SVPs from two to four years;
  • AB 231 (Runner), also known as Jessica’s Law, which would have made several substantive changes to current laws related to SVP treatment;
  • AB 438 (Parra) that would have allowed a lessor of residential real estate property to evict high risk sex offenders;
  • AB 1484 (Wyland), identical to a bill I authored, AB 730, which also died, that would have expanded the definition of an SVP to include a person who commits a single sexually violent offense against a minor under the age of 14 with one qualifying offense instead of the two currently required.

Where was Nunez’s outrage when all of these bills were defeated in the Assembly Public Safety Committee?”

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Go get'em Todd!

The media and, hopefully, the public at large is finally paying attention.

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