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September 2nd, 2009
05:03 PM ET

Information on the National Sex Offender Public Website

Phillip Garrido, a registered sex offender, was arraigned in California on Friday.

Phillip Garrido, a registered sex offender, was arraigned in California on Friday.

U.S. Department of Justice

Phillip Garrido was registered as a sex offender, regularly visited by parole officers and fitted with an ankle bracelet to track his movements.

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

The case has raised many questions, including how people are registered on the sex offender public registry.

There are numerous watchdog groups that track registered sex offenders, but the U.S. Department of Justice maintains a public website.

Sex offenders are subject to the registration laws of the jurisdictions where they work, live, attend school, or were convicted. Each jurisdiction’s registration requirements might be different. Some jurisdictions require a sex offender’s registration information to remain on their public registry Website even after they have relocated to another jurisdiction.

For more information and FAQs on the sex offender website, go here.


Filed under: 360° Radar • Jaycee Dugard
September 2nd, 2009
04:40 PM ET

Monitoring tools failed to unearth Garrido's secret

Phillip Garrido, a registered sex offender, was arraigned in California on Friday.

Phillip Garrido, a registered sex offender, was arraigned in California on Friday.

Eliott C. McLaughlin
CNN

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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September 1st, 2009
05:53 PM ET

Janja Lalich: "Take Back Your Life"

Program Note: Janja Lalich, an associate professor of sociology and an expert on the cult phenomenon will be on tonight to talk about how cult victims recover from "coercive influence." Tonight AC360° at 10 p.m. ET.

Janja Lalich
Associate Professor of Sociology, California State University, Chico

Cult victims and those who have suffered abusive relationships often suffer from fear, confusion, low-self esteem, and post-traumatic stress.

Take Back Your Life explains the seductive draw that leads people into such situations, provides guidelines for assessing what happened, and hands-on tools for getting back on track. Written for the victims, their families, and professionals, this book leads readers through the healing process. A resource list and numerous personal accounts of those who have successfully made the transition to the “normal” world provide help and inspiration.

Find more information on Lalich's book here .


Filed under: Crime & Punishment • Jaycee Dugard
September 1st, 2009
04:17 PM ET

Missing boy's mom: Jaycee's story 'makes my heart smile'

Patty Wetterling says the return of Jaycee Dugard 'is reaffirming' and 'a success.'

Patty Wetterling says the return of Jaycee Dugard 'is reaffirming' and 'a success.'
Wetterling holds a photo of her son Jacob, who was abducted at age 11 nearly 20 years ago.

Wetterling holds a photo of her son Jacob, who was abducted at age 11 nearly 20 years ago.

Chris Welch
CNN

News of Jaycee Dugard's safe return after 18 years in captivity gives Patty Wetterling hope.

Wetterling's son Jacob is still missing after a gunpoint abduction almost 20 years ago near their home in St. Joseph, Minnesota.

"Jacob was with his best friend and his brother. They witnessed it," Wetterling says, recalling that day back in October 1989. "They saw this masked man with a gun."

Jaycee Dugard's return "is reaffirming," Wetterling adds. "There are cases where nobody believed [the children] were coming home, and they did. This is one. So for me, it makes my heart smile. It's a success."

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Filed under: Jaycee Dugard
September 1st, 2009
04:04 PM ET

FAQs on "mind control"

Dugard was kidnapped at 11 and kept hidden for 18 years in a backyard compound, authorities say.

Dugard was kidnapped at 11 and kept hidden for 18 years in a backyard compound, authorities say.

Steve Hassan
Mental Health Counselor

We’re following the latest developments in the kidnapping case of Jaycee Lee Dugard. Police have said Garrido kept Dugard in a series of sheds in his backyard for 18 years, fathering two children with her who are now 11 and 15-year-old girls.

Was Jaycee Lee Dugard brainwashed by her Garrido? What kind of treatment did she endure for the 18-years that she was held captive in her captor’s backyard? Last night, we spoke to Steve Hassan, a mental health counselor and a nationally certified counselor about certain types of “mind control” that are often used to control a person’s psyche. Go here to learn for Frequently Asked Questions about these types of techniques.

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Filed under: Jaycee Dugard
September 1st, 2009
07:53 AM ET
August 31st, 2009
10:05 PM ET

Officers who cracked missing girl case: Something wasn't right

Allison Jacobs, left, and Lisa Campbell of the UC Berkeley Police Department were wary of Phillip Garrido.

Allison Jacobs, left, and Lisa Campbell of the UC Berkeley Police Department were wary of Phillip Garrido.
Jaycee Dugard's daughters attend a birthday party two weeks ago. Their faces are blurred to protect their privacy.

Jaycee Dugard's daughters attend a birthday party two weeks ago. Their faces are blurred to protect their privacy.

CNN

Call it mother's intuition. Call it a police officer's intuition. But Allison Jacobs knew something was wrong.

The University of California, Berkeley, police officer was sitting in on a meeting with a man named Phillip Garrido, who wanted to hold an event on campus, and Lisa Campbell, special events manager for the university police. Garrido brought along two young girls, introducing them as his daughters.

Jacobs' and Campbell's intuition, authorities said, led to the arrest of Garrido, a registered sex offender who along with his wife, Nancy, now faces 29 felony charges in connection with the 1991 kidnapping of Jaycee Dugard, who was then 11. Both have pleaded not guilty.

Police have said Garrido kept Dugard in a series of sheds in his backyard for 18 years, fathering two children with her - the 11- and 15-year-old girls he brought with him to the meeting.

In a Friday interview with CNN's "AC360," Campbell said Garrido had approached her August 24 with the two girls in tow, asking about holding his event. She had another commitment, so she asked him to return the following day.

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Filed under: Jaycee Dugard
August 31st, 2009
09:08 PM ET

The official complaint filed against Phillip Garrido

Phillip Garrido is a registered sex offender, listed as having been convicted of forcible rape.

Phillip Garrido is a registered sex offender, listed as having been convicted of forcible rape.

AC360°

The 18-year mystery surrounding the kidnapping case of Jaycee Dugard ended last week when a sex offender admitted to correction authorities that he abducted her.

Dugard was 11-years-old when she was snatched from the street in front of her house in 1991. She had two children with Phillip Garrido, the man accused of taking her, and since her kidnapping she has lived in her alleged abductor’s backyard, in a shed. All of this played out in a residential neighborhood.

Read the complaint filed against Phillip Garrido here.


Filed under: 360° Radar • Jaycee Dugard
August 28th, 2009
04:20 PM ET

Recidivism rates for sex offenders

Phillip Garrido is a registered sex offender, listed as having been convicted of forcible rape.

Phillip Garrido is a registered sex offender, listed as having been convicted of forcible rape.

AC360°

The 18-year mystery surrounding the kidnapping case of Jaycee Dugard ended this week when a sex offender admitted to correction authorities that he abducted her.

Dugard was 11-years-old when she was snatched from the street in front of her house in 1991. She had two children with the man accused of taking her and since her kidnapping she has lived in her alleged abductor’s backyard, in a shed. All of this played out in a residential neighborhood.

All of this got us thinking – what are the recidivism rates for sex offenders? We found this report released a few years ago by the Department of Justice. It is a study based on convicted sex offenders who were released from prison in 1994.

Here are some of the findings from the study:

– Within 3 years following their 1994 state prison release, 5.3 percent of sex offenders (men who had committed rape or sexual assault) were rearrested for another sex crime, the Justice Department's Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) announced today. If all crimes are included, 43 percent of sex offenders were rearrested for various offenses.

– Sex offenders were less likely than non-sex offenders to be rearrested for any offense –– 43 percent of sex offenders versus 68 percent of non-sex offenders. But sex offenders were about four times more likely than non-sex offenders to be arrested for another sex crime after their discharge from prison –– 5.3 percent of sex offenders versus 1.3 percent of non-sex offenders.

Click here for the full report.°


Filed under: Jaycee Dugard
August 28th, 2009
03:01 PM ET

Girl grew up locked away in backyard sheds

Jaycee Dugard was locked in a shed tucked under a blue tarp in her alleged captor's backyard.

Jaycee Dugard was locked in a shed tucked under a blue tarp in her alleged captor's backyard.
Jaycee Dugard was kidnapped at 11 and kept hidden for 18 years in a backyard compound, authorities say.

Jaycee Dugard was kidnapped at 11 and kept hidden for 18 years in a backyard compound, authorities say.

Mallory Simon
CNN

From the time she was an 11-year-old, blue-eyed, freckle-faced blonde until she was a 29-year-old woman with two children, Jaycee Dugard was kept locked away in a backyard compound of sheds and tarps by a couple who police say abducted her.

She was more than 160 miles from home, and her family had no idea where she was.

Nobody else knew she was there except the couple who snatched her off the street in front of her house in South Lake Tahoe, California, in 1991, and took her straight to the soundproof shed, police said.

Dugard's pocket of Phillip and Nancy Garrido's backyard in Antioch, California, was so overgrown no one even knew it existed.

The details about Dugard's time in captivity emerged Thursday after one of Northern California's most enduring mysteries was solved and the Garridos were arrested and accused of her kidnapping.

Anyone who came across the couple's backyard, littered with garbage cans and a dishwasher, would assume that it ended at a 6-foot fence.

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