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

Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Monitoring sexual predators with GPS is a worthy expense

By Jim Shore

Every parent knows the sinking feeling. When we learn of another child killed, kidnapped or assaulted, we remember just how vulnerable our children can be. The sad fact is that more than two-thirds of all victims of rape and sexual assault are under the age of 18.

As a professional prosecutor, I have helped send murderers, rapists and child molesters to prison. Like everyone in the law enforcement community, I am doing everything in my power to protect the most vulnerable victims -- our children.

But I can't say the same right now for the state of California. A powerful new technology is available to protect our children, but it remains relatively unused because of political battles in Sacramento.

The device is called GPS (global positioning system), and it can be used to track the movements of convicted child predators and other sexual offenders once they leave prison. Many law enforcement professionals want to use this new tool to safeguard our communities by providing 24-hour monitoring. While there are more than 2,500 registered sex offenders in Santa Clara County, the frightening reality is that their daily whereabouts are largely unknown to law enforcement.

The hard truth is that we can rehabilitate drug users, but sexual predators are a different kind of criminal. They are subject to an untreatable pathology. And we know that once released, they are likely to repeat their offenses and victimize again.

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