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Only on 5: retired parole office recounts role in Jaycee Dugard case

By Jason Miles - bio | email

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - Memphis native Houston Antwine has a harsh opinion of Phillip Garrido.

"He's a demon," Antwine said in an interview Tuesday.

Antwine worked as a federal parole officer in California after a 12 year-career in the NFL.  Garrido's case crossed his desk.

"A lot of guys you supervise are intent on doing wrong," Antwine said. "Now we can see there were tighter supervisions needed for him."

Records show that Garrido was in the federal parole system for eight of the 18 years police say he and his wife held Jaycee Dugard captive behind their home near San Francisco.  Dugard was kidnapped from a bus stop when she was just 11.  She became a cover story last year when finally rescued at age 29.

"I would tell her I'm sorry that we did not discover this sooner," Antwine said.

Antwine tells Action News 5 he understands why many people need someone to blame.  However, he cannot recall any red flag ever detected by his office at the Garrido home.

"It would have been caught," Antwine said.

All he says he can do now is pray for Jaycee and hope her accused captor gets the justice he deserves.   

Antwine retired to Bartlett.  He had forgotten Phillip Garrido was ever under his office's supervision until a reporter told him they found his name on some old paperwork.

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