Man loses appeal of indefinite lockup as sex predator

Calvin J. Mines had appealed a Walla Walla County verdict that resulted in his indefinite lockup.

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WALLA WALLA -- A man will continue to be detained as a sexually violent predator after losing a court appeal this week.

The opinion of a three-judge panel of the Court of Appeals affirms a Walla Walla County Superior Court jury verdict, which civilly committed Calvin J. Mines.

The jury determined in early 2010 that Mines meets the definition of a predator. Therefore, he's being locked up indefinitely at the Special Commitment Center at McNeil Island for treatment until he no longer is a danger to society.

Mines appealed the verdict, claiming Judge John Lohrmann erred in several decisions he made while presiding over the trial.

In its opinion filed Tuesday, the appeals court panel -- based in Spokane -- disagreed.

Mines, now 58, has been detained since March 2006 when the state Attorney General's Office filed the civil commitment petition against him. He had been scheduled to be released from custody that month after completing a criminal sentence for two counts of third-degree assault in Spokane County.

Mines suffers from a mental abnormality or personality disorder making him likely to engage in predatory acts of sexual violence if not confined.

Mines 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 the AG's office.

Terry McConn can be reached at terrymcconn@wwub.com or 526-8319.

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