SEATAC — A Washington State Ferries employee accused of taking photos of little girls at work was found dead in his cell, according to the Department of Justice.
Staff found Steven Dailey unresponsive in his cell Saturday and started life-saving measures, officials said.
Dailey was pronounced dead by outside medical staff. Foul play is not suspected.
The 50-year-old has been in custody at the Federal Detention Center in SeaTac since Thursday for possible violation of supervised release.
King County sheriff’s deputies say a ferry passenger contacted them on July 3rd and said they had noticed a ferry employee, later identified as Steven Dailey, taking pictures of children during the crossing. They confronted Dailey when the ferry docked and confiscated his phone. They have not said what they found.
It was learned that Dailey is a registered sex offender. He was convicted in federal court of possession of child pornography and sentenced in 2010 to 30 days in jail and 10 years of supervised release or probation.
Dailey appeared Friday in U.S. District Court where the judge was asked to find Dailey in violation of his probation. The judge remanded him to federal custody until a July 22nd hearing to determine if he broke the terms of his probation.