Pedophile To Be Released From MN Sex Offender Program

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Within the next two weeks, a civilly-committed sex offender will be released for the first time from the state hospital in St. Peter — and people are outraged.

Clarence Opheim has been considered a sexual psychopath for nearly 18 years.

Within 15 days, he will be provisionally released to a halfway house.

Lucinda Jesson, the state Department of Human Services Commissioner, said if Opheim does anything wrong, he’ll go back into the treatment program.

That, however, doesn’t sit well with Republican lawmakers.

“We think it’s premature when we look at the report by the department just from last May, when it says the risk for Mr. Opheim’s re-offense is high,” said House Majority Leader, Matt Dean.

The Department of Human Services denied Opheim a provisional discharge May.

Opheim admits to more than 100 criminal sexual acts. He was able to commit them by gaining the trust of 29 victims by offering them pop and candy, according to documents WCCO-TV received Monday.

The documents show he paid one victim to keep quiet.

Opheim was involved in a fight where his brother got stabbed. All of his 29 victims were neighborhood children or children of women he befriended in bars.

“We were just really questioning what really happened between then and now that this should be the first person to be released,” Dean said.

WCCO’s Susie Jones Interviews Dennis Benson, The Director of The Minnesota Sex Offender Program

One factor came from a new report by Dr. James Alsdurf, a court appointed evaluator in this case.

“You simply don’t go into court with some kind of shallow suggestion,” Alsdurf said. “I have my reputation on the line and so does everyone else.”

Based on his findings, a panel of three judges issued the written order for Opheim’s release.

“I’m not going to make a recommendation to the court in which I’m not absolutely convinced that the data is solid and consistent with the law, that’s it,” Alsdurf said.

The Department of Human Services says state law allows civilly-committed sex offenders to become eligible for release once they have completed treatment.

In a letter to Republican leaders Monday Gov. Mark Dayton defended the actions of the Human Services Department.

However, Republican lawmakers will hold hearings at the Capitol about the release later this week.

Comments

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  1. Ace says:

    Just what we need, his rights are more important than our kids?

    1. Ummm, yeah, so? says:

      Fundamentally, you are correct, unfortunately. This is America, ya know. If ya don’t like the laws that protect even you, then perhaps you should go settle down somewhere in North Korea…

  2. Nancy says:

    Why do authorities refuse to lock these creeps up and throw away the key??? This Dennis Benson actually admits sex-offenders do NOT get well, cannot be cured…then why are they releasing this monstor…only to offend again..and he WILL!!! Hello have we forgotten aleady the Drew Suodin case in ND?? I wonder if Dennis Benson or the 3 judges would release this sex offender if it meant he’d live next door to their children or grandchildren?

    1. nanceisright says:

      obviously spoken by a true sex-offender-creep!!! you’re right-on Nancy…

    2. Ed says:

      Idiot, lets move the rapist in with you!

  3. markH says:

    The rate of criminal recidivism is not restricted to pedophiles. If we know anything, we know that drunk drivers will reoffend. We know that drug dealers will reoffend. We know that murderers will reoffend. I do NOT excuse the vile and abhorrent behavior of those who prey on unsuspecting and innocent children; we would do well to keep them locked up for the rest of their lives for the protection of society. But could not the same argument be made against those who consistently drive drunk or murder others? I just wonder why the (well-deserved) hatred and vitriol is restricted to sex offenders and NOT the other criminal offenses which are also very serious. Peace.

    1. Wait....What? says:

      So you don’t think that repeat murderers are distained as much as this guy? You are funny, by the way most people that ‘consistently’ murder others are never released from prison…I read your post twice it was so funny

      1. me says:

        Yah; but what about the drunk that has 5, 10, 20 or MORE convictions? Thats a revolving door. And before you say it’s only DUI; drunks DO kill…

  4. alligator says:

    what if he is “instititionalized”?….thats where a convict is in prison so long that he is more comfortable on the inside than on the outside, so they then commit crime where if they get caught the punishment is no punishment at all because back in prison is exactly where they want to be. The safety of the public in general, especially kids, is at direct risk of this guy victimizing somebody again….so should his “rights” trump those of ours?……i think not…..i submit that he be held under control his entire life.

    1. keephimlockedup says:

      Great comment, you’re so right!!! keep this monster locked up forever…he WILL reoffend and we can bet on it!!! please officials think of our children and grandchildrens saftey. just his picture alone tells ya hes a monster soon to look for his next victim. sic–o. contact your legislators on this one immediately.

    2. @ Alli says:

      Somebody watched Shawshank Redemption too many times.

      But seriously, someone just kill him, save a few kids.

  5. anonymous says:

    They are making a bad decsion on letting this creep out, he will do it again, what happen to americas freedom from being protected by creeps like him !

  6. aeiou says:

    As a gay man, I say put him to a firing squad. Let me pull the trigger. His acts of control and violence towards the innocent is beyond words. What about a public hanging?

    Hope you get my point.

    1. aeiou says:

      HA! That was good. I love comedy. Thanks.

      1. Thanks for clarifying says:

        You’re a “Gay Man,” there is nothing funny about this.

        1. aeiou says:

          Actually they removed a comment. So that is a response that doesn’t make sense. And you are correct.

        2. aeiou says:

          @Thanks for clarifying: True, and the comment was a response to someone else and now makes no sense. Nobody is laughing. Let’s see where this response ends up.

  7. ed says:

    Oh, goody. Yet another white patootie-grabbing male.

  8. Young & Scared says:

    Wouldn’t sexually assaulting dozens of young boys be enough to warrant a mandatory life sentence? Gee, I wonder what you have to do to get locked up for life? What a fricken joke…thanks to all the grown ups that have allowed this to happen…may the next victim be on your conscience

  9. I Wonder says:

    Kevin now that you’re being released will you still comment on these boards?

  10. Sarah says:

    I am in no way, shape or form condoning the action of this man. We as a society are forgetting that the whole point behind the correctional system is to 1.) keep the public safe and 2. Rehabilitate offenders. We need to give offenders the resources to improve themselves and contribute to society. This type of crime, murders, and crimes equally disturbing need to be taking into extreme consideration. With human services being cut left in right from our government budget, means it will become increasingly harder to keep track of offenders who are released from prison. Probation officers and services to provide the needed help of offenders is dwindling.

    1. AP says:

      Pedophiles can’t be rehabilitated. Sometimes the point of the correctional system is just to keep people locked up forever.

    2. Wild Talent Scout says:

      “We need to give offenders the resources to improve themselves and contribute to society.”

      We do? Says who?

  11. Bob from S MN says:

    There is no cure?? sure there is . It is called a bullet. Let him out let’s go hunting. After all thats what he did, he went hunting for young children. An eye for an eye.

  12. Lk Mtka Fisherman says:

    They “Gov’t” can ban people from driving on lake…….but keeping this creep locked up isn’t happening…..WOW!!!!!! This state is going downhill fast!!!!!

  13. WhoTOblame says:

    There’s a slap in the Childrens face.after all we did pay our taxes for court duty
    therapy for 29 children. Sure let this guy go but i wouldnt worry about him. I would worry about 58 parents that would like to see him differant and yes there shoud be a hearing only to change OUR LEADERSHIP IN OFFICE.

  14. hunnybear18 says:

    Wait until they have have the public meeting and tell you,”He can’t do anything or go anywhere without us knowing.” When they do, ask them how it is they lost several even in the past year.

    I don’t even go to them anymore to listen to their patronizing “the emperor is wearing clothes” bs.

  15. jackactionhero says:

    They should use pedophiles for medical testing, like attempting new types of transplants, joint replacements, pharmaceuticals, etc.

    Inject him with HIV and start testing for a cure. Keep him locked in a kennel like a rabid dog.

  16. MN Atheist says:

    What they should do is perform a sting operation on him. I would bet that even talking to a minor would land him back in the hospital for the rest of his worthless life. So lets do a controlled bait and see if he makes another attempt to lure…

  17. whataboutme says:

    Well this is a touchy topic, i understand that ppl hate sex offenders, and some ppl should be locked up for life. But this is a program that has been in MN for over 20 years and are tax payers are paying though the roof for this. How do we know this program even works? I’ll tell you how it works 16 years ago i was a 16 year old boy charged with crim sex 1 and charged as a adult. The crime was against my sister who i hurt and i cant take it back i wish i could.
    i have never hurt another child since and i can say ive been married for 10 years and have 2 beautiful girls. I changed my life and im happy. Ive been living in the cities for 16 years now and i could be your neighbor and you dont even know it. my kids might pay with your kids, i might have had a beer or two with you.
    Not trying to scare you but I changed and im living a gr8 life, were is that stat??

  18. booboo says:

    omg..for once i’m backing the Reps. on something.

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