LI OFFICIALS SAY THEY KEEP CLOSE TABS ON SEX OFFENDERS
Newsday.com/Jennifer Sinco Kelleher
The California case of a parolee whose kidnapping of a girl remained undetected for 18 yearsdespite authorities' visits to his home is the worst nightmare for a probation or parole officer,said those who monitor sex offenders on Long Island. We like to think that in this county,something like that would never happen, said Susan Vinci, supervisor of the Sex Offense Unit inNassau's probation department. It makes you hyper vigilant. She said her office hasfollowed the California case of Phillip Garrido, 58, who is accused of abducting Jaycee Dugard 18years ago, when Dugard was 11. Garrido was on federal parole from 1988 for a rape andkidnapping conviction and was subjected to regular home visits. When his federal parole endedin 1999, California took over lifetime monitoring.