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Court: Juvenile sex crimes can be basis of civil commitment

Civil commitment of offenders who have been designated as sexually violent predators can be indefinitely extended for those whose crimes occurred when they were juveniles, the Washington Supreme Court unanimously ruled Thursday.

Supreme Court upholds Kevin Coe commitment

The Washington Supreme Court today upheld the sexually violent predator civil commitment of South Hill rapist Kevin Coe, which means he’s exhausted all legal avenues at the state level to win his freedom.

Center releases sex predator

The second man to be sent to Washington’s commitment center for sex predators has been released after nearly 20 years.

Court ruling unlikely to help Coe

A recent ruling by the Washington Supreme Court is not expected to help South Hill rapist Kevin Coe win another trial, a state prosecutor said this week. The state’s high court in March overturned the 2006 verdict for Curtis Pouncy, of Vashon Island, Wash., who like Coe was civilly committed as a sexually violent predator. In Pouncy’s trial, jurors were not given the definition for personality disorder.

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 on whether he ever will be a free man.

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 of Spokane County Superior Court Judge Jerome J. Leveque, who presided over Townsend’s civil commitment trial. The jury got the case late Tuesday and deliberated only a few hours.

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 about six hours, starting Wednesday afternoon – ending a monthlong trial punctuated by hours of explicit testimony from women who said Coe raped and molested them.

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 he’s released after his civil commitment trial. Kathleen Coe said her brother likely will need special care because he has become deeply depressed and has “lost hope” after being detained for the past two years in the state’s Special Commitment Center, a high-security facility on McNeil Island for violent sexual predators.