Sex predator's civil commitment trial delayed

This is the third time the trial has been delayed.

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WALLA WALLA -- A man who has been detained since early 2006 will be waiting longer for a jury to determine whether he's a sexually violent predator.

Calvin J. Mines' civil commitment trial -- which was set to begin Dec. 1 in Walla Walla County Superior Court -- has again been postponed.

The trial has been rescheduled to begin Feb. 1 to allow both sides more time to finish gathering information and prepare their cases. This is the third time the trial has been delayed.

The state Attorney General's Office filed a civil commitment petition against Mines in March 2006. He had been scheduled to be released from custody that month after completing a sentence for two counts of third-degree assault in Spokane County.

The petition asks that Mines be declared a sex predator and that he be held in a secure facility indefinitely "for control, care and treatment" until his condition improves. While awaiting trial, he is being held at the Special Commitment Center on McNeil Island.

Mines, now 56, was arrested, charged and convicted of numerous crimes between 1965 and 2002.

In Walla Walla County on Nov. 17, 1969, he armed himself with a hunting knife and assaulted a 16-year-old girl while intending to rape her. He was convicted Feb. 5, 1970, of first-degree assault in the case.

In the 1990s Mines was convicted in Island County of unlawful imprisonment and third-degree rape, and of unlawful imprisonment in Spokane County. He has also committed infractions for assault and sexual assault while incarcerated.

Mines began offending as early as age 16, has a deeply ingrained pattern of sexually deviant behavior and has rarely been free more than 18 months before committing another sexual or violent crime, according to a document filed in court by the AG's office.

He has been diagnosed with mental abnormalities and antisocial personality disorder that "cause him to have serious difficulty in controlling his dangerous behavior and make him likely to engage in predatory acts of sexual violence unless confined to a secure facility," the court petition says.

Several such petitions have been filed in Walla Walla County since the law allowing for indefinite confinement of sex predators went into effect in 1990.

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