Nov 5, 2009 9:45 AM by Lynsey Paulo
The parole agent in charge of supervising convicted rapist Phillip Garrido knew there was a 12-year-old girl inside his home but didn't notice electrical wires that led into a compound where Garrido's alleged kidnapping victim was being held, according to a report from the state Office of the Inspector General.
California's corrections secretary apologized Wednesday for mistakes made in Garrido's parole supervision, while the state police union deflected blame.
The moves came after a report from the state Office of the Inspector General said the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation failed to "adequately classify and supervise" Garrido for several years.
Garrido and his wife, Nancy Garrido, are accused of the kidnapping and rape of Jaycee Lee Dugard, who was abducted in Meyers in 1991.
Authorities allege that Dugard was held in the Garridos' Antioch back yard for many years.
They also allege that Phillip Garrido fathered two children with Dugard.
The Garridos, who are being held in El Dorado County, have both pleaded not guilty.
"We agree that serious errors were made over the last 10 years," CDCR Secretary Matthew Cate told reporters at the Capitol in Sacramento. "We obviously deeply regret any error that could have possibly resulted in the victims living under these conditions for even one additional day."
Inspector General David Shaw said corrections officials missed several clues in the Garrido case.
"The department often failed to follow its own procedures established to supervise dangerous sex offenders," said Shaw, who said corrections officials didn't supervise Garrido properly 90 percent of the time. "Furthermore, the department failed to utilize available tools, technology and information that could have potentially led to the discovery of Jaycee Dugard and her children."
Shawn said parole officials made an initial mistake of classifying Garrido as a low-risk parolee.
While Garrido was tracked via a global positioning system technology, agents often lost a signal from the device and then failed to follow up.
Shaw's office recently conducted an independent investigation of Garrido's parole supervision.
Among other findings in the report, the office said CDCR ignored opportunities to determine that Garrido was violating his parole.
Garrido was on federal and then state parole during the time he allegedly took Dugard from a bus stop and then held her for nearly two decades at his Bay Area home.
The two-month investigation was launched after questions surfaced about CDCR's failure to find and rescue Dugard, 29, and her daughters sooner.