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July 12, 2014 at 3:01 PM

Suicide suspected in death at SeaTac detention center

A man who was booked into the Federal Detention Center in SeaTac last week for allegedly violating the terms of his probation was found dead on Saturday.

Steven Allen Dailey, 50, was discovered unresponsive in his cell. Prison officials attempted to revive him, but were unable to, according to a news release sent out by the Federal Bureau of Prisons.

The news release said foul play is not suspected. The Bureau of Prisons said in the news release that it was believed Dailey, who was booked into jail on Thursday, committed suicide.

Dailey was on supervised release, or probation, in connection with a 2010 conviction for receipt of child pornography. After pleading guilty, Dailey was ordered to serve 30 days in federal custody followed up with 10 years of supervised release.

According the 2009 charges filed in U.S. District Court, Dailey had been accessing child pornography websites and trading child porn in chat rooms. Dailey said he had been viewing child pornography for several years and was “glad he was caught” because he had been struggling to quit, charges said.

KING-TV has identified Dailey as a ferry worker who was arrested after a passenger saw him taking photos of young girls on the Tillicum ferry, which runs from West Seattle to Vashon Island and Port Orchard. The passenger reported it to staff, who, in turn, contacted police.

King County sheriff’s spokeswoman DB Gates told The Times today that they did not arrest a ferry worker.

“We documented our July 3rd contact with a ferry worker suspected of having taken possibly inappropriate photos onboard a ferry, but we had no probable cause to arrest anyone. A case was written and was sent to our Special Assault Unit for review,” Gates wrote in an email.

On Thursday, the U.S. Attorney’s Office filed a motion seeking Dailey’s arrest. It’s unclear which agency booked him into jail.

| Topics: detention, prisons, SeaTac detention center


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