Federal probation officers say notorious kidnapper and sex offender Scott Tyree has violated the terms of his release from prison by accessing a website that allows access to pornography on halfway house computers and also tried to defeat a polygraph exam.
They want U.S. District Judge Nora Barry Fischer to hold a hearing to determine if Tyree’s federal probation should be revoked, which means he could return to prison.
Tyree, 55, of Virginia, made news 17 years ago when he kidnapped Alicia Kozakiewicz to make her his sex slave and again in recent weeks because of a controversy over the location of his release.
Ms. Kozakiewicz, who lives in New York City now, appeared before the judge in May and wept as she asked the judge to keep Tyree away from her family in Pittsburgh.
Tyree was released on probation in the winter and has been staying at Renewal Center, a halfway house Downtown.
But Ms. Kozakiewicz, her lawyer, her family and several lawmakers they contacted have been trying to get his probation removed to another federal district.
They say they are afraid Tyree will try to victimize her or her family again.
The U.S. attorney’s office has objected, saying Tyree is like any other federal defendant released after serving time and that federal judges have no say over where the U.S. Bureau of Prisons places someone. Under an agreement hashed out this spring, Tyree would be monitored by GPS and not be allowed to come within a certain distance of the family’s home.
Now the debate could be moot if Tyree is sent back to prison.
On Friday, the U.S. probation office said that between April 6 and May 20, Tyree accessed a website at Renewal, and also at a school he was attending, that allows access to pornography and links to live sex videos in violation of the terms of his probation.
Michael Howard, a probation officer, wrote that he confronted Tyree in June and Tyree admitted accessing the site.
In addition, Mr. Howard said Tyree submitted to a polygraph exam on June 19 designed to make sure he’s complying with court-mandated sex offender treatment but that two polygraphers determined he used “countermeasures” to defeat the exam.
Those measures aren’t explained in the petition, but Mr. Howard said Tyree is not compliant with the program and asked that Judge Fischer hold a hearing.
Tyree pleaded guilty in 2003 to travel with intent to engage in sex with a minor and sexual exploitation of a minor. Ms. Kozakiewicz was 13 at the time and living in Crafton Heights with her parents. She disappeared on Jan. 1, 2002, and was found four days later at Tyree’s townhouse in Virginia, where he had sexually abused her.
He served 17 years at a federal prison in North Carolina and was released to Renewal in December.
During the hearing in May, Ms. Kozakiewicz said she was shocked to discover that Tyree was living in Pittsburgh. She said she found out through a media Facebook post.
“I let out an anguished scream,” she told the judge.
She thought it was a mistake, she said, but realized later it was not. She and her lawyer, Emily Town, have asked the judge to transfer him to a halfway house outside of the Pittsburgh district and also away from New York.
Tyree has no ties to Pittsburgh except the crime he committed here.
Reached Friday, Ms. Town said her client has “mixed emotions” regarding the alleged probation violations.
“On the one hand, she feels somewhat vindicated that [Tyree] has shown that he has not been reformed, has no intention of seriously engaging in his sex offender mental health treatment and remains a dangerous person. We are anxious to see what penalty, if any, the court will impose for these violations,” she said in an email.
On the other hand, she said, her client and her family remain fearful that Tyree will re-offend when his probation is over in less than three years and all court-ordered monitoring stops.