September 2nd, 2009
04:40 PM ET

Monitoring tools failed to unearth Garrido's secret

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/CRIME/09/01/california.garrido.monitoring/art.garrido.krca.jpg caption="Phillip Garrido, a registered sex offender, was arraigned in California on Friday."]
Eliott C. McLaughlin

Phillip Garrido was registered as a sex offender, regularly visited by parole officers and fitted with an ankle bracelet to track his movements - but nothing prevented him from being around children, according to a victims' advocacy group.

Garrido is charged with kidnapping Jaycee Lee Dugard in 1991, when she was 11, and raping her over the course of years.

Police say Dugard lived in a huddle of tents and outbuildings hidden behind Garrido's home, and gave birth to two daughters, now 11 and 15, fathered by Garrido.

Garrido and his wife Nancy were arrested last week. Both have pleaded not guilty.

"Here we have a guy who is essentially under every kind of supervision we allow. Law enforcement had every tool available to them, and [the tools] failed," said Robert Coombs, spokesman for the California Coalition Against Sexual Assault.

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