Jury keeps sex offender locked up on McNeil Island

EVERETT — A Snohomish County jury ordered a repeat sex offender to remain confined at the state’s Special Commitment Center on McNeil Island.

Calvin Malone, 62, was scheduled to be released in September 2012. He was convicted in 1993 of child rape and molestation. The state Attorney General’s Office filed a petition to have Malone deemed a sexually violent predator, essentially blocking his release. They argued that Malone suffers from a mental disorder that makes him prone to sexual violence and the only way to protect the community is to hold him at McNeil Island.

The first trial ended with a hung jury in February. Prosecutors sought another trial and jurors returned their verdict earlier this week.

Two decades ago Malone, formerly of Edmonds, was convicted in Snohomish County of sexually assaulting an 11-year-old he befriended.

Last month an Oregon law firm filed a $5.3 million lawsuit against the Boy Scouts of America and the Cascade Pacific Council of the Boy Scouts, alleging that their client was sexually molested by Malone in the 1970s. The lawsuit claims that the organization hired Malone even after he’d been kicked out of a previous council for allegedly giving scouts alcohol.

Washington was the first state in the country to adopt a law that permits the involuntary civil commitment of dangerous sex offenders even after they have served their criminal sentence.

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