ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — An expert hired by the state says a Minnesota sex offender seeking greater freedom isn’t ready for it.
Forensic psychologist Harry Hoberman testified Friday that John Rydberg (RIDE’-berg) is still a psychopath.
He says he drew that conclusion from a review of records of Rydberg’s treatment in prison, and he was even more convinced after hearing Rydberg’s testimony last week.
Rydberg has disputed his diagnosis as a sexual sadist. He acknowledged his victims suffered, but said his motivation was his own pleasure not to inflict pain.
A special three-judge panel is considering whether Rydberg deserves a provisional release from the Minnesota Sex Offender program into a Twin Cities halfway house.
Nobody has been permanently released from the program since it began in 1995, and critics question its costs and constitutionality.
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