It’s been big news the past two weeks in the Minneapolis area concerning the release of a convicted child sex offender. According to KSTP:
A man who molested 29 boys, using soda and snacks to lure some to his home, will soon become the first sex offender to walk out of Minnesota’s civil commitment program in more than a decade, a milestone for a program that has been criticized as a life sentence disguised as treatment.
Clarence Opheim’s upcoming move to a halfway house is raising concerns in a state where the handling of sex offenders has long been a politically charged issue. But with the program facing constitutional challenges, some say it’s time to begin releasing people who have made progress in treatment. “It would be simpler for the administration, for us, for society to just lock people up forever,” Gov. Mark Dayton said in an interview with The Associated Press earlier this month. “But it’s not legal, and I don’t even think it’s moral.”
Damascus Way Group Home in Golden Valley, MN is apparently where Clarence Opheim will be living now that he is a free man. Note this may always be subject to change.
The reason I am publishing this story is that every time I go through the Agency Disclosure form with prospective buyers, sellers and renters, one of the areas that must be acknowledged on the form is the following:
The bottom of page two of the Agency Disclosure statement is seen below. The initials above are to acknowledge that you have reviewed the item below.
This information is being published because as an agent, I can’t tell you whether or not there is a sexual predatory in the area. It is your responsibility to do your homework on this and the State of Minnesota requires that you acknowledge your role in researching this topic. The State of Minnesota recommends that you visit the Department of Corrections web site for more information about the location and whereabouts of known sexual predators.
- Blogger urges new paradigm for sex offenders (forensicpsychologist.blogspot.com)
- Minn. House passes sex offender notification bill (seattletimes.nwsource.com)
- Sex offender who removed monitoring device is arrested (latimesblogs.latimes.com)