Soon after move to Hopkins, Level III offender charged with raping boy, 16

Two weeks out of prison, a Hopkins man, 27, is charged with repeatedly raping a teenage boy.

Timothy Cavier

Timothy Cavier

A sex offender labeled as the most likely to reoffend has done just that, authorities say.

Two weeks after being released from prison and moving back to his parents' home in Hopkins, Timothy Cavier, 27, is charged with repeatedly raping a teenage boy.

The Level III offender was arrested March 27 and is charged with third-degree criminal sexual conduct involving a 16-year-old boy from Rockville, Minn. Cavier remains jailed in lieu of $150,000 bail.

According to the charges, Cavier and the boy met through an online service. While staying at the Caviers' house from March 13 to 15, the boy willingly performed one type of sex act but refused to submit to a different act. Cavier became angry, swearing and throwing things. This prompted the victim, who told authorities he knew Cavier was a Level III offender, to submit to the rejected sex act with Cavier several times over the weekend.

The teen's mother, whom the Star Tribune is not naming so as not to reveal the victim's identity, said Monday that she had given her son permission to travel from their family's home to the Twin Cities with his older sister to visit a friend, but she didn't know how old that friend was or that he was a convicted sex offender.

She said her son didn't leave during that weekend because Cavier "made him feel like he had done something bad."

"I just hope [news about her son's case] helps other parents to be aware," she said.

Committed as mentally ill

Cavier was convicted of raping a 14-year-old female acquaintance in Hopkins in 2002. He also has a history of indecent exposure.

In January 2007, the Hennepin County attorney's office petitioned to have him civilly committed as a mentally ill and dangerous person. He was sent to a sex offender treatment program, but was terminated in May 2007 for failing to comply with the rules.

Cavier then was returned to prison to serve the remainder of his sentence.

He was never given the designation of a sexually dangerous person, which is reserved for "the worst of the worst," said Pat Diamond, deputy Hennepin County attorney.

"Given his history -- that he had a mental illness diagnosis -- that would be the more appropriate mechanism than sexually dangerous person," Diamond said.

In early March, Cavier moved to his parents' home in the 200 block of 12th Avenue N. in Hopkins. Police held a community notification meeting before Cavier's arrival and sent out hundreds of letters to the immediate neighborhood about the city's first Level III offender.

Neighbors dismayed

Jason Woods, who lives in the neighborhood, saw police officers lead Cavier from his home in handcuffs after his arrest.

Woods characterized Cavier's residence as "a bad location for him" because it is near a park, a trail and a school.

"I have three girls, so of course I was concerned" about Cavier, Woods said.

Newlyweds Brady and Carin Hanson found out that Cavier would be living across the street the day before they were set to close on their house. Once they learned that Cavier's offense in 2002 wasn't violent and that he knew the victim, the couple felt "somewhat reassured."

"I needed to know if the guy was going to harm my wife," Brady Hanson said. After talking with police, "I didn't get the sense that he was a malicious person -- just that he had a really skewed sense of reality."

How the process works

Cavier was classified by state corrections officials as a Level III offender "due to his potential to reoffend and his past criminal behavior," Hopkins police said at the time his move to that city was announced.

Minnesota's community notification law requires assignment of risk levels to predatory offenders who serve time in prison and are required to register under the state's predatory offender registration law after their release. There are three risk levels. Level I represents a low risk to reoffend, Level II a moderate risk and Level III a high risk.

The state's most recent study on reoffending rates, through 2005, found that Level III offenders had recidivism rates that were, for the most part, lower than those of the Level I and II offenders released during the same time period. Three years after their release, Level III offenders had a 5.2 percent recidivism rate for rearrest for a sex crime, a 3.2 percent rate for reconviction and a 2.6 percent rate for reincarceration.

"The reasons for this may be because of intensive supervision and community notification," said state Department of Corrections spokeswoman Shari Burt. The recidivism rate for all general offenders within three years of release is 36 percent for a new felony conviction and 25 percent for felony reincarceration.

Information about Level III offenders is posted on the state Department of Corrections' website once a community notification meeting has been held.

All registrants are required to register for at least 10 years or the duration of probation, whichever is longer. Some are required to register for life.

lpabst@startribune.com • 612-673-4628 ablanchette@startribune.com • 612-673-1715 pwalsh@startribune.com • 612-673-4482

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