Panel To Hear More Testimony On Minn. Sex Offender

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A three-judge panel hears a second day of testimony Friday on whether a man committed to Minnesota’s sex offender treatment program is ready for more freedom.

John Rydberg wants to be released to a halfway house in the Twin Cities under restrictions including GPS monitoring and close supervision. Rydberg testified last Friday he remembers more than 90 victims, with offenses ranging from peeping to violent rapes. But he said he’s no longer a danger.

An expert hired by the state is expected to return to the stand. Forensic psychologist Harry Hoberman testified last week he doesn’t believe Rydberg meets the eligibility requirements for a provisional discharge.

Nobody has been permanently released from the program since it began in 1995, and critics question its costs and constitutionality.

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