Ferry workers had no idea colleague was sex offender

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by KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on July 11, 2014 at 7:12 PM

Ferry passengers have a lot of questions tonight about how a convicted sex offender was allowed to work as a deckhand around children.

Today a federal judge decided to keep Steven Dailey in custody until a final decision is made on whether he broke the rules of his probation.

Workers at the Fauntleroy ferry dock say they've been told not to talk about their coworker Steven Dailey.

Dailey was taken into custody after a passenger reported he was taking pictures of young girls on the Tillicum ferry June 3rd.

His colleagues said off camera they didn't know that the 15-year employee was a registered sex offender until now.

Passenger Sita Kone asked to see Dailey's photo.

She rides this route with her kids three times a week and now questions the safety of the ferry system.

"This is really scary. How can you work here and work for the state and have that much background?" Kone asked.

Court documents from Dailey's conviction in 2009 show that investigators found 589 pictures and 78 videos of graphic child pornography.

By cooperating with authorities, he served only 30 days in jail but was given ten years of probation.

Washington State Ferries has declined to comment on whether they knew about the conviction.

But today in federal court -- prosecutors said Dailey lied when he renewed his merchant marine card by "checking no" when asked if he had been convicted of an offense other than a traffic violation.

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