Convicted rapist – and former Lewiston-Clarkston Valley resident – Monte Hoisington has been granted release from the special commitment center at McNeil Island.
The 61-year-old Hoisington will be released roughly one month from now after state experts determined he no longer meets the criteria as a sexually violent predator.
Hoisington was convicted of two rapes in Lewiston in 1977, second-degree burglary and second-degree rape in Asotin County in 1991, and committed as a sexually violent predator on McNeil Island in 2001. Prior to that commitment, Hoisington served 10 years in the Washington prison system and more than a decade in the Idaho State Penitentiary.
Civil commitment as a sexually violent predator falls under mental health laws and is driven by expert evaluations conducted on an annual basis. After three state psychologists determined Hoisington no longer meets the criteria, officials say his release from confinement was inevitable.
On Wednesday, Asotin County Superior Court Judge William Acey signed the papers for Hoisington’s release, saying the law is clear and he had no choice but to approve the order for dismissal. Both he and Asotin County Prosecutor Ben Nichols expressed concern for the community and disappointment in the rules that allow Hoisington’s release.
Hoisington will be registered as a Level III sex offender.