2/24: A turning point for state's sex offender program

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This article was written for the Star Tribune by Warren Wolfe, Feb 19, 2012.

In this article he explains that a man who has admitted to molesting 29 children is about to become the first in over a decade to be freed from the state's St. Peter facility. He explains that his release is one of the first since the Dru Sojdin incident in the past, and his release will test the ability of behavioral science. Convicted child molester Clarence Opheim will be the first person let go because the population has soared to 635 patients, annual costs in the millions of dollars, and looming court challenges filed by restive patients, the program faces mounting pressures to find an alternative to indefinite detention. The author explains that Opheim, who has been judged a psychopathic personality and who admitted to molesting 29 children, was sentenced to 4 1/2 years in prison in 1988 for sexually abusing an 11-year-old boy.

I think that this article is trying to explain and justify the decision made. I also get the feeling that his trying to reassure the public because he states multiple times in the article that Opheim will wear a GPS locator and he cannot be near children or use the Internet. Also he will have an escort anytime he leaves the halfway house; he will be the only client of a full-time caseworker for at least a month and will be monitored by a state investigator.

-Alex Mountain

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