A convicted sex offender who was caught taking photos of young girls while working on a Washington state ferry was found dead in his jail cell Saturday, the result of an apparent suicide.
The Federal Bureau of Prisons confirmed that staff at the Federal Detention Center in SeaTac found 50-year-old Steven Allen Dailey in his cell, unresponsive. The staff tried to revive him, but he was pronounced dead by emergency medical personnel who responded.
A prison spokesman said foul play is not suspected and that the FBI is investigating it as an apparent suicide.
Dailey was taken into custody after a passenger spotted him taking photos of young girls July 3 on the Tillicum ferry, which runs from West Seattle to Vashon Island and Port Orchard. The passenger reported it to staff, who contacted police.
Dailey had been convicted of possessing child pornography in 2009. Federal court records state he had been caught taking part in a peer-to-peer child porn site. They found more than 500 images and 78 videos in his possession, some of them so graphic in nature, that he was given 10 years probation, which federal prosecutors say is unusually long.
Washington State Ferries has declined to comment on whether they knew about the conviction. Ferry workers told KING 5 Friday they were unaware he was a sex offender. ..Source.. by KING 5 News
Ferry worker accused of voyeurism found dead in cell
A Washington State Ferries employee accused of taking photos of little girls at work was found dead in his cell, according to the Department of Justice.
Staff found Steven Dailey unresponsive in his cell Saturday and started life-saving measures, officials said.
Dailey was pronounced dead by outside medical staff. Foul play is not suspected.
The 50-year-old has been in custody at the Federal Detention Center in SeaTac since Thursday for possible violation of supervised release.
King County sheriff’s deputies say a ferry passenger contacted them on July 3rd and said they had noticed a ferry employee, later identified as Steven Dailey, taking pictures of children during the crossing. They confronted Dailey when the ferry docked and confiscated his phone. They have not said what they found.
It was learned that Dailey is a registered sex offender. He was convicted in federal court of possession of child pornography and sentenced in 2010 to 30 days in jail and 10 years of supervised release or probation.
Dailey appeared Friday in U.S. District Court where the judge was asked to find Dailey in violation of his probation. The judge remanded him to federal custody until a July 22nd hearing to determine if he broke the terms of his probation. ..Source.. by Fox News Staff