Ferry worker accused of voyeurism found dead in cell

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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.

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  • truth

    Having worked in the criminal justice system I can tell you that this is not rocket science.
    There is a code even among criminals and he paid the price for his actions.

    • Ted

      You're an idiot and have no clue what you are talking about. You watch way too much TV. You really think those dirtbags behind bars are honorable enough to take out scum like this? Yeah. Keep watching TV dude and putting criminals on a pedestal

  • Veronica

    WHY is a REGISTERED Offender even working on the ferries?! There are ALWAYS children on em! This is upsetting that they would even hire a registered sex offender, as a mother I no longer feel safe on the ferries! I want answers!

    • Johnny

      I wouldn't throw the baby out with the bathwater! I know many ferry workers, most , like most places, are good, honest , hard working people just trying to make a living. This guy was the exception, not the standard. Ease up on the drama.

    • Marat Bandemer

      Registered sex offenders can generally work anywhere that they are not expected to have regular contact with children. This could be your plumber, the guy who mows your lawn, the fry cook at the local fast food establishment, the maintenance worker down in the sewer, etc. To be afraid of the ferries because of a minuscule likelihood of a sex offender working onboard is silly. If you are that worried, stay with your kids. They shouldn’t be wandering around a ferry on their own anyhow. More chance of a pervert being in one of the cars than working on the ferry.

  • Ted

    Actually, I think you are talking about the entire prison population in the country. For instance, in Washington state prisons, the majority (75%) are white.

  • Rob

    This is probably the single most honorable thing this guy ever did in his life. Too bad more of these freaks wouldn't do the same.

  • HRC

    @ Veronica I totally agree, with a high unemployment rate, I am sure there are thousands of more than willing people without any record who could work on the Ferrys. I am so sick and tired of hearing about not enough crews to man the Ferrys right, not enough of this or that. We are not talking about Brain Surgery here. Most of the jobs you could easily be taught and learn in due time. It just seems the Ferry System is proving how incompetently run it is. It also has to start with our so called elected officials who allow this to happen. They need to quit drinking with those who they are supposed to be over. Including contractors who deal with the State. No wonder we have such a huge issue.