VENTURA COUNTY — Once convicted of a sex crime in California, upon release from incarceration and custody, such sex offenders are commonly required to report to parole supervision on a regular basis.
But with the proliferation of such convicted violators being released from prisons and imposing a considerable financial burden upon state resources, many are simply monitored electronically.
When a parolee accepts release from prison on terms requiring the wearing of an “ankle monitor,” it is, in fact a requirement and not merely a suggestion.
Removal by the offender of any electronic monitoring device is a violation of the terms of parole and subjects the individual to prompt contact by law enforcement.
Whether or not Anthony Francis Dacayana, a 58-year-old described by the Port Hueneme Police Department Watch Commander’s report to the media on February 28th as “a violent sexual predator” was aware of that or not, his alleged behavior that morning surely attracted police attention.
It was a call from his parole case worker to 911 reporting that Dacayana had removed his monitoring device and was brandishing a knife while threatening suicide and the case worker that brought PHPD officers to the Surfside Motel location.
Upon arrival, officers learned that Dacayana had fled from the case worker through the motel grounds. With the help of a K-9 unit, Dacayana was eventually taken into custody and transported to Ventura County Jail.
A repeat sexual offender with multiple prior convictions for rape by force or fear, Dacayana was booked on charges of brandishing and destruction of county property and is currently on a no-bail hold.
Photo: Courtesy Ventura County Jail Booking