Convicted rapist set to be released from McNeil Island arrested in 2004 Spokane rape case

<p><p>A convicted rapist set to be released from the McNeil Island Special Commitment Center later this month has been arrested after DNA linked him to a 2004 rape in Spokane. </p></p><p><p>Scott Raymond Halvorson faces charges of first-degree rape, second-degree rape, and second-degree assault, according to court documents.</p></p><p><p>Halverson’s convictions date back to 1988 when he was convicted of luring a 4-year-old girl to his Spokane County apartment. Before his sentencing in that case, Halvorson also raped a 10-year-old girl a knifepoint<a href=”https://www.spokesman.com/stories/2014/aug/29/jury-denies-release-repeat-sex-offender” target=”_blank”>, according to court records.</a></p></p><p><p>He was again convicted of rape in 2008 and was <a href=”https://www.spokesman.com/stories/2014/aug/29/jury-denies-release-repeat-sex-offender” target=”_blank”>civilly committed to McNeil Island in 2014.</a></p></p><p><p>In June, Halverson was granted his petition to be released back into the Spokane community where he would have been supervised by the Department of Corrections. His release date was set for Sept. 21.</p></p><p><p>Just weeks after that June hearing, Spokane police reviewed a case from the Sexual Assault Kit Initiative Project, a program that tests backlogged rape kits and provides funding for law enforcement training and investigations.</p></p><p><p>DNA from a 2004 rape was submitted for testing in 2020. It was a year before the kit was tested and uploaded to the Combined DNA Index System (CODIS) where it matched Halverson.</p></p><p><p>In 2004, a 52-year-old woman working as a sex worker reported a client had violently assaulted her. The victim told police the rapist had tried to strangle her.</p></p><p><p>“I thought I was dead,” she told officers at the time, according to court documents.</p></p><p><p>After the assault, Halverson drove away, the victim told police. While she was reluctant to report the assault to law enforcement, she went to the hospital.</p></p><p><p>There police responded and took the victim’s statement but were unable to locate a suspect.</p></p><p><p>The case went cold until last year when the DNA evidence was submitted for testing.</p></p><p><p>After the results came back this summer, officers spoke with the victim now in her late 60s. She told police that she wanted to press charges if her attacker could be identified although she is still scared he would retaliate against her.</p></p><p><p>If convicted on these new allegations, Halvorson would be sentenced as a persistent offender and be sentenced to life without the possibility of release.</p></p><p><p>A warrant for Halvorson’s arrest was issued on Sept. 3. He was transferred from McNeil Island to the Spokane County Jail on Tuesday.</p></p><p><p>He remains in jail on a $250,000 bond.</p></p>