Sex offender lurked at park before he grabbed girl

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by CHRIS INGALLS / KING 5 News

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Posted on June 13, 2014 at 5:02 PM

Updated Friday, Jun 13 at 5:39 PM

Vernee Fletcher wonders how a chronic sex offender, who was wearing a GPS tracking bracelet at the time, had the opportunity to snatch her daughter from a Seattle park last week.

“We have too much technology these days for it not to be working better,” said Fletcher as she sat on a bench at Benefit Playground on Seattle’s Beacon Hill.

Her daughter was nearly dragged away from the playground in broad daylight on June 5. Police later arrested a high-risk, level 3 sex offender who lived nearby named Jessie Brisbin.

Fletcher said Brisbin struck up a conversation with three of her children a week earlier at the same park. And now she said she wonders why the GPS unit didn’t alert Brisbin’s parole officers that he was hanging out at a park, a place from which sex offenders are typically banned.

“The fact that he was here the week before and he had an ankle monitoring system, to stop by and have a leisure conversation and leisurely walk off,” said Fletcher. “This man is a monster,” she said.

Fletcher said Brisbin grabbed her 6-year-old daughter and pulled her down the street.  Fletcher’s other children ran to get help. Soon after, a crowd stopped Brisbin about three blocks from the park. He’s now in the King County Jail.

The Department of Corrections said it can’t talk about Brisbin’s case until it finishes its own investigation.

The department does say that Brisbin has 16 prior parole violations since 2011, including entering parks and playgrounds and making contact with minors.

He was also jailed for tampering with his GPS device while in New Jersey.

The incident involving Brisbin is another example of problems in how GPS technology is used to track offenders in Washington state -- a topic covered extensively in KING 5's "Home Free" investigation.

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