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SEATTLE -- A Washington state ferry worker, who was under investigation for violating conditions of his parole, was previously given a written warning and a cease and desist order for creating a condition of sexual harassment in the workplace. The Washington State Ferries also had a record of a passenger complaining about his behavior with young girls as early as 2004.

KING 5 obtained the information about deckhand Steven Dailey from a public records request with the Washington State Ferries.

The 50-year-old Port Orchard man, who pleaded guilty to possessing child porn in 2009, was back in custody after deputies received a report he was taking photos of girls in early July, a violation of his parole.

Dailey died from an apparent suicide while in federal custody. The staff at the Federal Detention Center in Seatac said they found Steven Dailey in his cell.

The documents reveal Dailey was investigated and reprimanded for making a sexual proposition to a female employee of the ferry system in 2006. He was also required to take a counseling session in 2007 after he was observed sitting in the cabin of the ferry for an entire crossing talking to a female passenger, instead of performing his duties.

In 2004, a passenger complained about how Dailey greeted a young girl on the ferry. The interaction made her feel uneasy. Dailey was instructed to cease contact with female passengers.

The question remains how did Dailey maintain his position after his criminal conviction as a deckhand for the Washington State Ferry system. WSF has declined to answer any questions regarding Dailey s employment or his discipline record.

The Department of Transportation was reviewing its policies and hiring practices. According to an agency spokesperson, the review is complete and should be available Wednesday.

A WSDOT spokesperson told KING 5 that ferry workers have a code of conduct that requires employees to disclose any crime they have committed, but only if it happened on WSF property.

But WSDOT has policy and procedures governing all its employees that states employees must disclose any arrest or court sanction if it affects his or her assigned duties.

One could easily argue that Dailey s conviction would impact his work as a deckhand, but it s unclear how forthcoming he was with his employer.

Steven Dailey timeline from WSF

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