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Parole officer: Monitoring Jaycee Lee Dugard's kidnapper was "too much of a hassle"

Jaycee Lee Dugard, 11-year old girl who went missing in 1991 (inset) and Phillip Garrido is seen in court on March 17, 2011. AP Photo

(CBS/AP) SAN FRANCISCO - Jaycee Lee Dugard is suing the federal government for failing to monitor convicted sex offender Phillip Garrido, who kidnapped her and held her captive for 18 years.

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The complaint filed in U.S. District Court in San Francisco on Thursday says the failures by federal parole officers in the handling of Garrido's case are as "outrageous and inexcusable as they are numerous."

It says Garrido tested positive for drugs and alcohol while on parole, a violation for a sex offender, but was never punished. It also says authorities ignored reports of sexual misconduct, including a complaint that Garrido showed up at his former victim's work and made an "alarming" comment to her.

"Inexplicably, the federal parole authorities responsible for Garrido's direct supervision disregarded the victim's concerns as mere hysteria," the documents say.

After the incident, Garrido's counselor recommended electronic monitoring, but his parole officer disregarded it as "too much of a hassle," according to the complaint.

Garrido was on parole when he kidnapped Dugard in 1991. He fathered her two children while holding her captive.

Garrido and his wife, Nancy, are in prison after pleading guilty in Dugard's case.

Dugard is seeking unspecified damages that she says she will donate to her nonprofit to help other victims. Dugard and her daughters already have received a $20 million settlement from the state of California.

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  • Edecio Martinez

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