Jury rules Pasco sex offender must remain locked up

Tri-City HeraldJune 2, 2014 

— A Franklin County jury ruled Monday that a Pasco sex offender must remain locked up because he remains a violent sex predator.

The Franklin County Superior Court jury heard testimony and reviewed the evidence before deciding whether Ronald Dale Love should go free or continue to be civilly committed.

The state Attorney General’s Office was fighting to keep him behind bars.

Love, 56, had asked to be released into the community.

State attorneys said Love — even though he's completed his criminal sentence — remains a danger and should be locked up for the rest of his life at the state’s Special Commitment Center on McNeil Island.

Love was convicted in 1991 of attempting to rape another man near a Pasco apartment complex while the two were on a beer run. He has been in the south Puget Sound facility for 13 years, when the state first filed a petition alleging he is a sexually violent predator.

In 2005, Superior Court Judge Robert Swisher agreed and ordered Love held indefinitely.

Love has three sexually violent convictions since 1978 and has been behind bars almost all of his adult life.

In addition to his 1991 attempted rape conviction, Love’s criminal history includes two rapes in 1978 in Modesto, Calif., and a burglary and assault. The rapes were just 30 minutes apart.

In 2005, psychologists testified that Love suffers from paraphilia, a psychosexual disorder characterized by sexual fantasies, feelings or activities involving a nonconsenting partner.

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