Pawlenty: Pardoned Sex Offender May Have Lied

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.”

  • Dawn C

    Yes, he will have to put the blame somewhere else if he wants a presidential bid in 2012. Nice deflection, buddy!

  • Kim F

    Give it a rest Dawn. It was the impartial reporting of what happened. There is nothing political about the article and there were 3 persons on the board that pardoned the guy.

  • dunnski57

    Timmy’s Willie Horton – but the right wing will make every excuse in the books.


  • dunnski57

    Mark, your post contradicts itself. Timmy doesn’t do due diligence with a group with whom he disagrees? That makes him a bigger bozo than he originally is portrayed!!!

    Not to mention a buck passer………..

  • Kyle

    Mark, you never cease to amaze me with your comments. HE was the leader and part of the board. HE could have said no. But he didn’t . You are trying to say he had no voiice on the board. Whether the board leaned left or not is irrelevant. HE could have spoken up but he didn’t. Way to go Timmy. Let a monster out on the street. Maybe the folks at Moose Lake should get flat screens…Again, go watch Fox News and bang your head against a wall.

    • Mark from MNtaxwaste

      @Kyle I’m afraid you are wrong I tried to paste it, but WCCO won’t take it. Sorry pal, Check and Mate. As far as the flats screens go our Governor can’t line item on a Dept budget.



  • Theresa

    Weak excuse. A criminal may have lied? Duh.

  • Kyle

    Mark, stop trying to defend Timmy. Is his signature on the pardon. Enough said. There is nothing you or he can say to get around what happened. Any excuse just sounds pathetic. Say goodbye to the 2012 run. Who lets a monster like this back out on the street?

  • Jo

    Its sad the papers are incorrect why don’t they find out that the victim did go back to the investigator within 24 hours to tell them she lied. He is not guilty and if you don’t know the real story from the past don’t share your opinions.

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