Here's your morning dose of bad news: a San Francisco man who worked in school cafeterias and for local environmentalist company has been accused of three violent sexual assaults. And his Facebook account reveals the musings of a seemingly regular guy.
According to the SF Weekly, DNA evidence has linked 32-year-old Frederick Dozier to the three assaults near SF's 24th St., which escalated in their violence. First, in the summer, Dozier allegedly attacked a woman in her 30s who was walking home at 3 AM. Next, in November, he's accused of throwing a woman in her 50s to the ground, robbing her, and raping her. Finally, in December, he allegedly raped a woman and beat her so severely that her blood was all over the sidewalk.
If you can stomach reading more about this case, here it is: Dozier was also an employee of the San Francisco school district. According to the San Jose Mercury News, he was a part-time student nutrition services worker. He had to pass a criminal background check to get hired (he did have a previous misdemeanor assault charge, stemming from a 2007 domestic violence case, but it's not clear whether that happened before or after he was hired), and a district spokesperson says, "The criminal assaults with which he is charged have no connection to his duties or responsibilities ... and were not directed toward children." He also worked for Green Streets, a company that handles recycling and green waste disposal education. His employers there said they had no problems with him in his 2 years of employment, and their website quotes him as saying that the company "gives me the opportunity to do something positive, help my environment, and become a role model in my community."
Of course, Dozier would be far from the first man who worked with kids to be accused of rape. He also wouldn't be the first criminal suspect whose accusations shocked those around him. His Facebook account, scrutinized by the SF Appeal, offers further insight in his life — he has 437 friends, lists 11 people as family members, and is involved in active and loving conversations with a variety of people. The SF Appeal calls his status updates "disturbing," but they're really disturbingly normal. He did post a message at 4:48 AM on Nov. 18, right after the second assault, but that message is anything but incriminating. It reads,
i just want to say to the father that are trying to be strong influnces in there kid or kids life i give you guys 2 thumbs up because it hard to be a boss king out here keep it real about what is your's and for the real mother that hold down and take the business without a father figure in the household i can say to every real mother keep being a boss queen outta here and keep it real and stay soild for real...
Dozier's no spelling champion, but he's basically just talking about the difficulties of parenthood. A friend responded, "hey dozier how are u we miss u and hope that you can come to sac soon wanted to see how u were." Other posts seem to express distress at a relationship going south. Says one,
just can't see how realationship in this time that we like wait call the present , that you can be with someone that you care for that you would do everything for right but you make a fatal move that can make thing all bad and thing will never go back to be the same so real about the one you with keep it soild and be a real a woman or male in the realationship ...
Again, Dozier's thoughts are expressed rather incoherently, but they're hardly violent. The above just reads like the ramblings of any Facebook user sharing his love troubles with his friends — and indeed, eight of them "liked" the post. Really, the dominant image we get of Dozier from everything except his DNA at rape scenes is one of a man with several jobs helping people, and a network of family and friends. If he's convicted, this will be yet another reminder that rapists aren't all wild-eyed crazy loners — they can be normal people with jobs and families, who also happen to be capable of doing something terrible. And it'll be a sign that Facebook is capable of taking the banality of evil to a whole new level.
The Disturbing Facebook Postings Of Mission Serial Sexual Assault Suspect [SF Appeal]
Frederick A. Dozier: Police Release Photo of Accused Mission District Rapist [SF Weekly]
Suspect in Mission District rapes worked for SF schools [San Jose Mercury News]