Blakeslee: Violent ASH assault could have been prevented
August 27, 2011
Senator Sam Blakeslee said the violent assault of a female psychiatric technician at Atascadero State Hospital should have been prevented.
“The violent beating of a female psych tech on Wednesday night could have, and should have, been avoided,” Sen. Sam Blakeslee, R-San Luis Obispo said in a statement Friday.
“The offender responsible for this attack had made explicit threats against this employee and had a well-established record of violence. The victim should never have been exposed to this patient.”
On Wednesday evening, ASH patient Desmond Jovan Watkins, 34, allegedly assaulted the unnamed tech who suffered a serious head injury and a broken facial bone.
Watkins is accused of committing two felonies — battery with serious injury and force likely to produce great bodily injury.
“This week’s assault underscores the urgent need for reforms to ensure the most dangerous offenders will be swiftly returned to a correctional facility once violent and assaultive behavior becomes evident,” Blakeslee added.