A Winona man charged with raping young girls was committed Tuesday
to a treatment facility for at least the next six months.
Mark Francis Raveill, 18, was charged with first-, second- and
fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct in the rapes of 7- and
13-year-old girls, but last month he was found to be not competent
to stand trial because of mental deficiency.
Doctors say his IQ is approximately 55, putting him in the moderate
mental retardation range, Assistant County Attorney Susan Cooper
said in court Tuesday.
Raveill and his attorney, Bruce Nelson, chose not to contest the
Police received two reports in April accusing Raveill of sex crimes,
and arrested him April 20 after he admitted he raped the girls,
Officers were first contacted by Department of Human Services
employees who reported that a 7-year-old girl said Raveill raped her
in the summer or early fall of 2009. Police were investigating that
report when they were contacted about a separate sex assault.
A woman told police her 13-year-old daughter was assaulted by
Raveill in February. The girl said that while in a residence in the
500 block of East Third Street, Raveill pulled her into a room,
locked the door and raped her.
Raveill will likely stay at the Mille Lacs Academy, a treatment
facility in Onamia, Minn. It "specializes in the treatment of boys
and developmentally disabled boys ... who have exhibited harmful
sexual behaviors," according to its website.
Raveill will spend the next six months at the academy and receive
sex offender treatment, Cooper said. His commitment could be
continued indefinitely after that, depending in large part on
Raveill's success at treatment.
Criminal proceedings against Raveill could also be renewed if he is
ever ruled competent enough to stand trial.