The Associated Press
WALLA WALLA — A man who was convicted of molesting a child in Walla Walla County in 1995 and who has been held nearly two years at the Special Commitment Center on McNeil Island will be released Friday.
After a new expert reviewed the file for 63-year-old Ronald Valentine, the state attorney general’s office said it couldn’t prove he was likely to reoffend.
The Union-Bulletin reports he finished a 15-year sentence in 2010 and the state sought to commit him indefinitely as a sex predator. A civil commitment trial was scheduled this month until the new expert’s opinion resulted in the dismissal.
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The attorney general’s office says Valentine will be supervised for two years with conditions to avoid children and participate in treatment. He reportedly intends to live in the Tacoma area.