Kevin McDonald
Kevin McDonald
December 5, 2013

A state prosecutor's request to confine indefinitely a Carroll man who molested a 5-month-old girl in 2008 will go to trial, now that a judge has ruled that there is sufficient evidence to deem the man a so-called "sexually violent predator."

Kevin McDonald, 41, admitted in a plea deal in 2009 that he abused the girl to arouse or satisfy his sexual desires, although he didn't reveal specific details of the abuse.

McDonald pleaded guilty to felony lascivious acts with a child and was sentenced to up to five years in prison. He was set to be released from prison on Friday.

But John McCormally, an assistant Iowa Attorney General, requested last month that McDonald be confined to a Cherokee treatment facility that houses sex offenders who are most likely to commit future sex crimes.

Few offenders are successfully rehabilitated and released from the facility.

A Des Moines psychiatrist who evaluated McDonald and will likely testify at his detention trial found that McDonald is a pedophile who is "likely to engage in predatory sexually violent offenses if not confined in a secure facility," McCormally wrote in his request.

District Judge William Ostlund ruled last week that "probable cause exists" to believe that McDonald is a sexually violent predator - which state law defines as someone who has been convicted or charged for a sexually violent offense and suffers from a mental abnormality that makes further sex crimes likely.

Ostlund ordered that McDonald be held at the Newton Correctional Facility until his detention trial, which is set for April 8.