Jaycee Dugard Sues U.S. For Failure To Monitor Captor Phillip Garrido

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For 18 years, Jaycee Dugard was held captive by Phillip Garrido. After she was found alive with two daughters, investigators found discrepancies with the way Garrido's parole was handle. Now, Dugard has taken her case further by suing the federal government for those discrepancies.

Before Phillip Garrido took Jaycee Dugard from a street in her hometown he had been convicted of kidnapping and raping a woman. Garrido received a 50 year sentence, but only served 11 for good behavior. Dugard's lawyers argue that after he was released the federal parole agents 'failed on numerous occasions to properly monitor.'

'We believe that the years of abuse experienced by Ms. Dugard are a direct result of the U.S. Parole Commission's colossal blunders in the supervision of Mr. Garrido,' Dugard's attorney Dale Kinsella said.

The lawsuit was filed in San Francisco and insists that parole officers did not follow up on sexual harassment accusations made against Phillip Garrido by a co-worker in the late 80's. Also, documents state that Garrido tested positive on drug tests during his federal supervision, but the results were never reported to the Parole Commission.

Jaycee Dugard was kidnapped and held captive for 18 years until she was discovered living with two daughters in a hidden shed at her kidnappers', home. Phillip Garrido plead guilty to kidnapping and sexual assault and was sentenced to 431 years to life in prison for his crimes against Dugard.

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Jaycee Dugard Sues U.S. For Failure To Monitor Captor Phillip Garrido.
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