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County man declared sexually violent predator

"Former Oak Harbor resident Curtis Brogi became the first person in Island County history to be committed under the state’s 1990 sexually violent predator law. After deliberating for less than three hours this week in Island County Superior Court, a jury found beyond a reasonable doubt that Brogi is a sexually violent predator who is likely to reoffend and should be committed to a state institution. Brogi, 31, a former Whidbey Island general contractor, will join about a hundred other sex predators at the Special Commitment Center on McNeal Island, where he will receive treatment and be confined indefinitely. Assistant Attorney General Todd Bowers, who heads the attorney general’s sexually violent predator unit, called Brogi “one of the most dangerous men” he’s ever come across. He said Brogi is a “glib, psychopathic manipulator” and a “sexual sadist.” On the stand, Brogi denied ever sexually assaulting anyone, even though he was convicted of two crimes of sexual violence — second degree assault with sexual motivation and second degree assault with a deadly weapon. He said he was wrongly accused. Brogi’s attorney, Snohomish County public defender Mark Adair, attacked the prosecution’s expert witness, psychologist Dr. Richard Packard. He said Packard is a hired gun with “his own agenda” and little clinical experience. Under the predator law civil commitment process, the prosecution must prove that Brogi suffers from a mental abnormality or personality disorder that makes him likely to engage in predatory acts if he is not confined. Packard testified that Brogi suffers from two types of paraphilia, which is a psychological term for sexual attraction to objects, certain acts or children. He said Brogi is a sexual sadist and has a rape paraphilia. In addition, he testified that Brogi has an anti-social personality disorder, which he said is illustrated by the long list of misdemeanor offenses — including assault, drug offenses and impersonating a police officer — that Brogi has been charged with in his life. Packard said that Brogi’s anti-social personality disorder is what allows him, or compels him, to act out his sexual sadism. During the trial, three different women took the stand to describe what Brogi did to them. In the most grisly and emotional testimony, a Whatcom county resident described how Brogi — whom she had just met at a campsite hours before — drove her to a secluded spot, pulled a knife on her and made her undress before taking photographs. For over two hours, Brogi beat the woman, put the knife to her throat several times, threatened her, raped and sodomized her. After he was done, she said Brogi drove her back to the campsite and asked her if they “were still buddies.” Another woman testified that Brogi lured her to his Whidbey Island home in 1996 with the promise of a job as a bidder in his construction company. She said Brogi pulled a gun on her, threatened to kill her, forced her to undress, tied her to his bed and fondled her. The woman said she was able to escape after Brogi fell asleep. A third witness grew up on Whidbey Island and dated Brogi in high school. She said Brogi isolated her from her friends and family, and regularly beat and raped her. She said Brogi forced her to perform sexual acts on him when he was angry with her. Since Brogi denies committing any of these acts, Bowers said it is likely that he will be confined for a very long time. Brogi may petition to be released from the center, but Bowers said it will be up to his doctors and the court to decide if he has changed and is not a risk to the community. Brogi will receive psychological treatment at the Special Commitment Center, but Bowers said the first step in treatment is to admit what he has done. “It’s kind of like alcoholism,” he said. “You can’t get better unless you first admit you have a problem.” "

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