Investigation continues in local man found dead inside detention center

SEATAC — The investigation is continuing into the apparent suicide of a convicted sex offender from Port Orchard, who was caught taking photos of young girls while working on a Washington state ferry.

Steven Allen Dailey, 50, died in his jail cell, the result of an apparent suicide, reported KING 5 News on July 12.

According to David Dosa, public information officer and facility manager, foul play is not suspected and the Federal Bureau of Investigation is conducting the investigation.

“The incident is being investigated as an apparent suicide,” Dosa stated.

Dailey was found unresponsive in his cell by staff at the Federal Detention Center (FDC), according to a new release. Staff immediately called for assistance and initiated life-saving measures. He was pronounced dead by emergency medical personnel who responded.

Dailey, a deckhand, was taken into custody July 3 after a passenger spotted him taking photos of young girls on the Tillicum ferry, on the Southworth-Vashon Island-Fauntleroy route. He had been at the FDC since July 10 for a possible supervised release violation, according to Dosa.

According to KING 5, Dailey had been convicted of possessing child pornography in 2009 and federal court records state he had been caught taking part in a peer-to-peer child porn site. Investigators found more than 500 images and 78 videos in his possession, some of them so graphic in nature, that he was given 10 years probation, which federal prosecutors say is unusually long.

Ferry workers told KING 5 they were unaware Dailey was a sex offender.

The Federal Detention Center in SeaTac was activated in 1997 and currently houses approximately 662 administrative-level male and female inmates.


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