Civil Commitment upheld for Austin sex offender

Aaron Hayes
Aaron Hayes

ST. PAUL, Minn. – A Mower County man has lost an appeal of his civil commitment as a sex offender.

Aaron Michael Hayes of Austin, who is now 35-year-old, was sentenced to 144 months in prison for the sexual assault of an 81-year-old woman in 2002.  That followed Hayes not being prosecuted after he allegedly sexually assaulting a six-year-old girl in 1990 when Hayes was nine-years-old.

Court records say that while in prison, Hayes assaulted correctional officers and other inmates.  He also entered the Minnesota sex-offender program twice and was rejected from the program twice, once for threatening the prison psychiatrist and a second time for threatening another offender and his lack of progress in the program.

While in treatment, Hayes reported having violent thoughts and fantasies which included skinning his cellmate and cutting him into little pieces.  He also stated he has fantasies about luring other sex offenders to remote locations to “do violent things to them.”

After a three day trial in 2012, Hayes was committed as a sexually dangerous person.  He appealed that decision and, on Monday, the Minnesota Court of Appeals upheld it.  The Court found that there is “clear and convincing” evidence supporting his commitment and that Hayes has “disorders” that make it highly likely he will engage in harmful sexual conduct in the future.

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