Man Convicted of Rapes He Disclosed in Sex Offender Treatment Program
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) _ A man who told counselors at a sex offender program about his involvement in 12 unsolved rapes has been convicted in four of those cases despite arguing the statements were confidential.
Robert E. McEiver, 37, a former draftsman at Honeywell Inc., was found guilty Monday of criminal sexual conduct and kidnapping in four rapes in Minneapolis and suburban Richfield in 1987.
The Minneapolis man’s written confession described three years of stalking and raping women in St. Paul, Minneapolis, Richfield and suburban Edina. He wrote it while he was in treatment in a program which encourages offenders to admit past sex crimes. The treatment had been ordered for a conviction for a 1986 rape.
Sentencing is set for Feb. 14. Prosecutor William Richardson said the county might consider trying to have him committed to the Minnesota Security Hospital at St. Peter as mentally ill and dangerous.
Defense attorney Jerry Strauss said McEiver is considering suing Hennepin County for violation of his civil rights. Strauss also said he may appeal the judge’s ruling that allowed the confession to be used as evidence.
District Judge Robert Lynn ruled that the information would be admissible at trial because there was no other way to identify the assailant in the crimes.
Strauss had argued that admitting it would discourage others from being honest during treatment.
But Lynn ruled that the series of rapes committed at knifepoint carried greater weight than any possible harm to the treatment program.
When a probation officer learned of McEiver’s admissions at the program Alpha House in Minneapolis, officials removed him from the program and turned over the document to police.
″I had thought about raping a woman for a long time,″ McEiver said in the confession. ″I decided I would take a knife with me so I could do this. One day I did that - I took a knife and started cruising.″
He was convicted of raping a 14-year-old girl while she delivered newspapers Aug. 2, 1987; kidnapping and raping a 28-year-old woman June 30, 1987; raping a 25-year-old woman on June 28, 1987; and raping a 24-year-old woman on Nov. 8, 1987.
Richardson said no other charges will be filed against McEiver for rapes identified in the confession. In some cases, the three-year statute of limitations has passed, he said.
In most of the cases, McEiver told of approaching the women from behind and warning them not to look at him. The confession told of two rapes in one night during 1987.