The Washington State Department of Transportation is reviewing its policies and hiring practices after a ferry worker was accused of taking photos of young girls on the Tillicum ferry.
That worker, Steven Dailey, died from an apparent suicide over the weekend while in federal custody. The staff at the Federal Detention Center in Seatac say they found Steven Dailey in his cell on Saturday.
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.
The question remains how did Dailey maintain his position as a deckhand for the Washington State Ferry system, which has declined to answer any questions regarding Dailey's employment or his discipline record.
A WSDOT spokesperson told KING5 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.
Still, should the ferry system have known about Dailey's conviction even if he did not inform them?
A spokesperson for Washington State Ferries, Marta Coursey, told KING5, WSDOT does background checks for pre-employment purposes but does not conduct them after hire.
But deckhands must renew their Transportation Worker Identification Card, also known as TWIC, and their merchant marine credential every few years.
Homeland Security is checking to see if his conviction would have impacted his TWIC card. Federal prosecutors say Dailey may have lied renewing his merchant marine credential.