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  • Sex predator ordered locked up indefinitely

    A jury has decided child molester Ronald Reo Timm should be locked up indefinitely because he’s a predator who poses a danger to society.


  • Jury deciding whether child molester should be released

    A jury is now deciding whether convicted child molester Ronald Reo Timm is immediately released or sent to a secure state facility for the rest of his life.


  • Rapist likely to reoffend, state says

    By his own accounting, Ronald Reo Timm molested 24 girls in Spokane. The crimes took place decades ago, and Timm, 60, has spent 13 years behind bars after being convicted …


  • Sex offender treatment center patient loses appeal

    An 18-year legal battle over the Special Commitment Center for sexual predators on McNeil Island, where Kevin Coe lives, has come to an end.


  • Jury decides Botner should be committed

    A convicted sex offender who twice attacked victims in women’s bathrooms should remain in a secure facility for the rest of his life, a jury ruled today.


  • Sex offender’s fate rests with jury

    Shawn Dale Botner’s adult life has been one of continual clashes with law enforcement. The convicted sex offender, who twice attacked victims in women’s bathrooms, now awaits a jury’s decision …


  • Jury hears case for committing sex offender

    A Spokane jury got its first glimpse Wednesday of the past sex crimes and current violent sexual fantasies that persuaded state officials to try to keep Shawn Dale Botner in …


  • Sex offender’s civil commitment trial begins

    A Spokane jury got its first glimpse Wednesday of the past sex crimes and current violent sexual fantasies that persuaded state officials to try to keep Shawn Dale Botner in …


  • Jury says man must be confined

    A Spokane County jury has ruled that Donald T. Townsend is a sexually violent predator who should be confined indefinitely. The jury delivered its verdict Wednesday morning in the courtroom …


  • Jury: Man is a sexually violent predator

    A Spokane County jury has ruled that Donald T. Townsend is a sexually violent predator who should be confined indefinitely in a state institution for sex offenders.


  • Jury shuts door on Coe

    Kevin Coe is a dangerous sexual predator who should be locked away indefinitely on an island in Puget Sound, a jury ruled Thursday. The verdict came quickly – jurors deliberated …


  • Coe commitment goes to jury

    Kevin Coe’s fate is in the jury’s hands. The trial that began Sept. 15 went to jurors Wednesday after closing arguments. State attorneys argued for Coe’s civil commitment; a lawyer …


  • Coe’s sister testifies on his behalf

    Kevin Coe’s younger sister told a Spokane jury Thursday she’s willing to help her 61-year-old brother move to Nevada and to pay for his care in a group home if …


  • Coe is likely to reoffend, expert testifies

    Kevin Coe has a “striking lack of empathy” and is highly likely to reoffend within six years if he’s set free, according to the state expert who evaluated him for …


  • Coe takes the witness stand

    Kevin Coe, taking the stand Tuesday as a hostile witness in his civil commitment trial, said his risk of committing another rape was “zero.” In fact, the 61-year-old denied ever …


  • Expert analyzes Coe’s ‘signature’

    Kevin Coe’s distinctive “signature” – including a gloved hand forced down the throat and crude sex talk – was present in 18 of 52 rapes committed on Spokane’s South Hill …


  • Coe violated rules in June

    Convicted rapist Kevin Coe broke the rules at the state’s Special Commitment Center for sexually violent predators on McNeil Island this summer by masturbating in his room while a female …


  • Coe victim recounts attack

    Julie Harmia, the only woman whose first-degree rape charge against Kevin Coe stuck, took the stand Tuesday in Coe’s civil commitment trial to describe her terrifying 1980 assault, which occurred …


  • Monahan tells court about her 1979 rape

    Spokane broadcaster Shelly Monahan strode into the Spokane County Courthouse on Monday and told a graphic, painful story of her rape on Sept. 9, 1979 – part of a string …


  • Jurors chosen for Coe commitment trial

    Only one member of the jury that will decide convicted rapist Kevin Coe’s fate lives on the South Hill, where most of the rapes that paralyzed Spokane took place. He …


  • Judge bans ‘South Hill rapist’ label

    State prosecutors in convicted rapist Kevin Coe’s civil commitment trial won’t be able to refer to him as the “South Hill rapist.” Spokane County Superior Court Judge Kathleen O’Connor granted …


  • Jury questioning for Coe trial begins

    The stories of Kevin Coe and the dozens of rapes that terrorized Spokane more than a quarter century ago are very much alive today, according to many prospective jurors’ answers …


  • Complex task faces Coe jurors

    The fate of Kevin Coe – whose two rape trials galvanized Spokane in the 1980s – hangs on 12 jurors who will decide over the next eight weeks whether he …


  • Judge denies Coe’s jury request

    A judge has denied a request by Kevin Coe’s lawyers to seal the courtroom during individual juror questioning in his upcoming civil commitment trial. However, Spokane Superior Court Judge Kathleen …


  • DNA results barred in Coe trial

    Results from a DNA analysis that authorities wanted to introduce in South Hill rapist Kevin Coe’s civil commitment trial will be suppressed because the state attorney general’s office failed to …


  • Coe defense says evidence was mishandled

    “South Hill rapist” Kevin Coe was absent for motions leading up to his Sept. 15 civil commitment trial, but there were plenty of sparks Monday. Coe’s lead lawyer accused the …


  • Judge rules Coe must be jailed during trial

    A request from Kevin Coe’s lawyer to house the increasingly depressed, convicted rapist at Eastern State Hospital during his upcoming civil commitment trial has been rejected. In a ruling from …


  • Judge rebuffs Coe’s request

    A judge has rejected Kevin Coe’s request to move his Sept. 15 civil commitment trial out of Spokane County or bring in jurors from another county. But Spokane County Superior …


  • In brief: Coe seeks new commitment trial venue

    Rapist Kevin Coe does not think he can get a fair civil commitment trial in Spokane County. He wants to be tried elsewhere or have jurors brought in from outside …


  • Molester faces civil commitment

    A mentally retarded child molester who was denied sexual deviancy counseling as a “low-risk” offender while in prison will face another trial that could result in his indefinite civil commitment …

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