Jaycee Lee Dugard has filed a suit against the U.S. Government for failure to supervise Phillip Garrido, the convicted sex offender who kidnapped and held her captive for 18 years.
According to the complaint, it was the federal government’s carelessness that enabled Garrido to kidnap Dugard.
The lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in San Francisco, California by Dugard’s attorneys alleged that federal parole officers handling of Garrido’s case were as “outrageous and inexcusable as they are numerous.”
The complaint lists several occurrences in which state authorities neglected to properly conduct their job, including failure to ensure Garrido received proper mental health treatment, ignoring reports of sexual misconduct from a former victim, and failure to ensure the sex offender couldn’t commit another crime, among others, AP has reported.
"With this type of resume, it is hard to imagine that Garrido, a parolee classified as 'High Activity' supervision, would have received anything other than the utmost scrutiny and supervision by federal parole authorities," the complaint stated.
"Garrido, however, received nothing of the sort," it added.
Jaycee Dugard was kidnapped from a South Lake Tahoe street in 1991 when she was just 11-years-old. For 18 years she was held captive and repeatedly abused by Garrido, who raped her and fathered her two daughters.
California parole officials were responsible for monitoring the convicted rapist’s case from 1999 to 2009, when Dugard was discovered. The state took over Garrido’s parole supervision in 1999.
According to a release from Dugard’s lawyers, 100 percent of whatever money she is awarded will be donated to the JAYC Foundation, Inc., which offers support and services to families recovering from an abduction or trauma, FOX40 News wrote.
Dugard has already won a $20 million settlement from California for the negligence committed by state parole officers that resulted in her continued abuse and captivity.
She was reunited with her family in August 2009. Phillip Garrido and his wife Nancy, who aided in Dugard’s abduction, have pleaded guilty to kidnapping and rape charges in the case.