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Serial rapist who challenged state’s commitment law to be released, move to Tacoma

Post by Adam Lynn / The News Tribune on July 7, 2010 at 10:52 am with 13 Comments »
July 7, 2010 12:47 pm

A serial rapist who battled Washington’s sex offender commitment law to the U.S. Supreme Court was released from the Special Commitment Center today and plans to live in Tacoma, authorities report.

Andre Brigham Young, 70, has been civilly committed to the state’s facility for violent sex offenders since October 1990┬áMarch 4, 1991.

Young was released this morning into the custody of his attorneys, Special Commitment Center spokesman Thomas Shapley said.

He was due to be tried again this summer to renew his commitment, but prosecutors decided to forego the trial when it became clear that psychological experts had concluded he no longer was a danger to re-offend, according to a press release issued this morning by the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.

Young did not complete any treatment programs while held at the center, Shapley said.

Instead, they agreed to his release with a number of conditions, a violation of which can result in his re-commitment. They include prohibitions against viewing pornography, soliciting adult-entertainment establishments and committing any offense against a female, including harassing, stalking or threatening them.

King County prosecutor Dan Satterberg said in a news release today that Young’s case is an example of the way the law is supposed to work.

“This law provides treatment for sex offenders within a secure setting that protects the public,” Satterberg said. “The detention is based on a medical model and is supposed to last until the subject is no longer considered likely to re-offend.”

Shapley said the Special Commitment Center staff was not consulted about the decision to release Young.

It was unclear this morning where in Tacoma Young plans to live. A former resident of the city, he told his lawyers he planned to move back here if released.

Young became the second person to be committed to the state’s Special Commitment Center after completing a prison term for the last of six rape convictions over a 31-year period.

Five men have earned their unconditional release from the facility in the last 20 years after completing sex offender treatment programs, Shapley said.

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  1. toshort30 says:

    so what is the state gonna do if he does re offend? there is a hiring freeze and they are closing agencies, so whos going to watch this guy so he doesnt rape another woman? women out there need to protect themselves from this guy and other guys just like him, I will be carrying something on me at all times just in case. If someone commits a crime like this or just like this they dont need to see the outside. he should not be released into society what so ever. and wheres the picture of this guy so US women can be on the look out and stay away from him.

  2. spurtz56 says:

    You have GOT TO be kidding me! So we’ll set him free in amongst our kids and wait and see what happens? This is absurd. I guess it will take a Prosecuting Atty’s child to be assaulted by one of these pukes before we see something a little different.

  3. JessicaW71970 says:

    Nice, just what TACOMA needs, another Sex Offender on the streets, Pierce County has become the dumping ground for the State’s Sex Offenders and I’m, as a Tacoma Resident, getting pretty darned sick of it.

  4. This is good. He won’t be costing us as taxpayers anything to live in the prisons, and the experts have deemed him fit for release.

    …..and if he does rape another woman, then bam, simple as that he’s back in prison. (But the experts have said he won’t rape again so I’m sure there’s very little chance of that happening. Just look at Maurice Clemmons, who the experts in Arkansas released, and that turned out pretty good.)

    Just think of the money we’ll all save in housing and feeding this guy, and the only cost 1 more potential rape victim. It pencils out.

  5. Young did not complete any treatment programs while held at the center, Shapley said.

    But they are sure he is safe on the streets. HUH?

  6. rocketman says:

    I think the psychological experts need an evaluation.Maybe he could stay at their house,and watch movies with the wife and kids.

  7. Nothing that 150 grains can’t solve.

  8. dinocrusher says:

    What a joke.

  9. catriley says:

    Wait. The people in the story are patting themselves on the back because this is how the system works? They are bragging about his treatment, when the didn’t complete ANY treatment while there!! It should be mandatory! Why in the world are they not required to get treatment?

    Pierce County, and Tacoma in particular, are dumping grounds for sex offenders. Why are the leaders here so weak?

    Sex offenders never change. They should never get out. Ever. How about a photo of this guy so we know what he looks like.. before some poor unsuspecting woman strikes up a conversation with that nice old man that moved in next door???

  10. Novelist3 says:

    Boy, oh boy, does this make me feel safe. I think I’m going to go buy another deadlock for my door tonight.

  11. angileyz says:

    I hope Mr. Dan will feel the same way if this d bag picks one of Mr. Dan’s relatives for his next victims.

  12. I hope this GUY walks out of JAIL, Into the Street and gets run over by a texting teenager..


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