Pawlenty: Pardoned Sex Offender May Have Lied

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Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty addresses the opening session of a U.S. Chamber of Commerce summit on “the role of free enterprise in job creation” at the chamber May 3, 2010 in Washington, DC. (credit: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

ST. PAUL (AP) — Gov. Tim Pawlenty is asking prosecutors to look into potential perjury charges against a pardoned sex offender now facing new molestation charges.

Pawlenty said Wednesday that he will ask the Ramsey and Blue Earth county attorneys to investigate whether Jeremy Giefer lied on his application for a pardon, which requires the petitioner to swear to being law-abiding.

Giefer is charged with sexually abusing a girl more than 250 times before and after he was pardoned. Pawlenty was part of the three-person board that pardoned him in 2008, years after he served jail time for having sex with his 14-year-old girlfriend, whom he later married.

Pawlenty says the allegations against Giefer are “sickening” and make him “heartsick.”

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