Kevin Coe is no longer a danger to women, well, at least that is what he'd like everyone else to believe- despite the fact that he has committed at least 40 rapes.
The Spokane area was terrorized by the South Hill Rapist crimes from the 1960s to the early 1980s, with dozens of women raped in the neighborhood before Coe was captured in 1981.
Coe was originally linked by police to more than 40 rapes, but was convicted of four. Appellate courts threw out three of those convictions, leaving Coe with a single rape conviction. He completed his sentence in 2006.
Coe has steadfastly maintained his innocence.
The state contends Coe suffers from mental disorders that prevent him from controlling his sexual behavior, and that he is a danger to reoffend.
As for all of this, Coe says:
Convicted rapist Kevin Coe said Tuesday that he poses no threat to women if released from state custody and is at "zero" risk to reoffend.
Coe, testifying in court for the first time since his trials in the sensational South Hill Rapist cases more than two decades ago, continued to maintain he is innocent of all the rape allegations against him.
He also said he would not seek treatment for sexual deviancy if released.
"I don't believe I need that," Coe told the jury of eight women and four men. "That's not how I would define myself."
Let's hope that his plea for freedom fails, because if it doesn't we'll need to be prepared for the new victims he leaves behind.