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Rape victim sues US over monitoring failure

Associated Press / September 23, 2011

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MENLO PARK, Calif. - Jaycee Dugard sued the federal government yesterday for failing to monitor the convicted sex offender who kidnapped her and held her captive for 18 years.

The complaint filed in US District Court in San Francisco said the mistakes by federal parole officers in the handling of Phillip Garrido’s case are as “outrageous and inexcusable as they are numerous.’’

Had federal parole officers done their jobs, Dugard’s lawyers allege, Dugard and her daughters would not have had to endure their years of captivity in a ramshackle compound tucked inside Garrido’s Antioch backyard.

Garrido, convicted in 1977 of raping and kidnapping a 25-year-old woman, was on parole and under federal supervision when he kidnapped Dugard in 1991. He fathered Dugard’s two children while he and his wife, Nancy, held her captive. The pair was sentenced to prison after pleading guilty to kidnapping and rape charges.

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