| December 2012
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By Corrie M. Anders
A serial rapist who terrorized Noe Valley and the Mission District last year could receive a prison term of more than 100 years when he is sentenced this month for the brutal sexual assaults of three women.
Frederick Dozier Jr., 33, a former cafeteria worker at James Lick Middle School on Noe Street, was convicted Oct. 19 on 25 counts of rape and violent beatings following a two-week Superior Court trial.
Dozier is set to hear his fate Dec. 14.
“The goal is that he will not get out of prison for the rest of his life,” said District Attorney George Gascon, adding that his office would seek the maximum penalty for Dozier.
Dozier’s crimes were particularly egregious because “they were very, very brutal and they were so random,” Gascon said.
“From a community point of view, it had to be horrifying during the time this guy was out there…and it could happen to anyone,” he said. “Women were going to work, they were going to the gym, and they were being brutally beaten and sexually assaulted.”
The attacks occurred between June and December of last year in the early morning hours along the 24th Street corridor. The final attack occurred Dec. 8 on Fair Oaks Street at 24th.
Dozier was arrested in January after a tip from the community, which had launched an area-wide leafleting and email-campaign to warn residents about the attacks.
The Dozier case was on Gascon’s mind last month as he announced a new program to award $3,500 in public safety grants to community organizations.
Gascon said his office would give out 10 grants citywide—and urged nonprofits and neighborhood-based groups to apply.
The seed money could be used, for example, to support neighborhood watches, to increase lighting in poorly lit areas, or to clean up blighted buildings.
“We’re looking for creative ways by the community to actually make neighborhoods look better,” Gascon said. “We want projects that are going to enhance the quality of life.”
The deadline to apply to the D.A.’s 2012 Neighborhood Justice Fund is Dec. 14. Applications are available at www.sfdistrictattorney.org.
Meanwhile, the Fair Oaks Community Coalition, a group that set up a fund for the three women victims in the Dozier case, has announced it will accept donations through the end of this year.
The FOCC, which has already collected more than $5,300 for each victim, notes the women “remain in need of financial aid, due to lost wages [and] for continuing psychological support and medical treatment, including some necessary reparative surgeries.”
Donations can be made to the 24th Street Survivors Fund, Sterling Bank and Trust, Noe Valley Branch, 3800 24th St., San Francisco, CA 94132-3206.