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

Monday, March 13, 2006

Sex predator is due back

Now grown, victim has flashbacks

By Sam Stanton -- Bee Staff Writer
Published 2:15 am PST Monday, March 13, 2006
Story appeared on Page A1 of The Bee

EDMOND, Ore. - Eighteen years have gone by since Rickie Morton was molested as a young boy, but he retains a vivid memory of the man slipping into the bedroom of his Sacramento home in complete darkness.

"The house is just pitch black," the 27-year-old former area baseball star recalled in an interview last week. "All I could see was this red cherry, this cigarette just creeping toward me."

Behind the lit cigarette was Timothy Lee Boggs, a car salesman, welder and fishing guide who had taken 9-year-old Rickie and his family on fishing trips.

Only much later would the family learn that Boggs had been convicted four years earlier of fondling another 9-year-old boy.

Boggs is now 51 and considered by the state to be a sexually violent predator, a classification that landed him in the Atascadero State Hospital in 1999 after eight years in prison. Because he had more than one victim and was found by a court to have a mental disorder that could make him likely to re-offend, Boggs was sent to the state hospital's treatment program.

Now, he is poised to be released somewhere in Sacramento County as only the fifth man to complete the state's four-stage treatment program inside Atascadero since 1996. More than 550 men have been committed to the program at Atascadero, but more than two-thirds refuse to take part in treatment there, a recent Bee investigation found.

Boggs' release has been scheduled for 10 months, but has been delayed repeatedly while officials figure out where he can live while undergoing the strict monitoring and outpatient therapy required in the fifth and final stage of treatment for such offenders.

Boggs has declined to be interviewed, but once he is moved out of Atascadero he can expect to face the same scrutiny that accompanied the releases of some of California's most notorious sex offenders.

Patrick Ghilotti, Brian DeVries, Cary Verse and Matthew Hedge all completed the treatment program inside Atascadero, and upon release all four of them were hounded by loud protests and media attention.

Verse was forced from four homes by such protests, and Hedge lasted only six weeks on the outside before state officials won a court order returning him to Atascadero.

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