Dayton Signs Bill To Close Sex Offender Loophole

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Gov. Mark Dayton has signed a bill to close a loophole in state sex offender law in response to the upcoming release of a convicted child molester into a halfway house.

Current state law requires community notification when a sex offender moves into a community, but not if that person moves into a halfway house. The bill widens the notification requirement to cover any “residence facility.”

The Minnesota Senate approved the bill unanimously on Thursday. It passed overwhelmingly in the House on Monday and became law immediately after Dayton signed it.

Convicted sex offender Clarence Opheim is expected to be released from the Minnesota Sex Offender Program in March. He will continue treatment and will stay under state supervision.

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  • Susan

    Lets work on the loophole that allows them to ever see the light of day again to begin with!

    • Molly

      AMEN AND AMEN!!!!! Exactly right Susan, our lawmakers and Gov. can spend all this time…to do what??? close a misely loophole to inform ppl the ‘creeps’ gettin released. How about spending that time actually DOING something…like, as Susan said slamming shut the loophole that allows these child pervs’ to EVER see the light of day again!!! when will lawmakers and authorities get it??

  • ananymous

    The issues of sexual predators is complicated, as there is a 100% recidivism rate to reoffend- with few exceptions to that rule. Those who take it lightly such as Kevin’s post above, obviously have no insight into the real nature of such a violent crimes against others.

  • Richard Cheese

    I agree with Susan & ananymous, they’re not fit to be in society. Mr Dayton needs to take a major stand on this issue instead of his (so far) lack luster approach to governing.

    A surplus? Really? You & the rest of them stole the money from the education system. People like you raided our Soc.Sec. THANKS A$$ Hole.

  • justcurious

    I thought “Dru’s Law” was meant to prevent the release of these people.

    • mary

      I thought so too…what happen to that law?

    • hunnybear18

      Dru’s law had parts in it that did make it harder, but sadly there is no law in place to outright prevent their release. Dru’s Law did establish a national registry, making it easier to track these animals across state lines. That was a huge step.

  • mmm..

    The thing is, if the “system” worked so well, why are there so many precautions taken after the person is released from…rehabilitation. Basically, they’re trying to teach people a basis of right and wrong who have never had it and “hope” they somehow grow a moral compass within the few months of counseling. You can’t undo years of freely fed compulsions in only a few months or even years.

    People who don’t have the ability to know when they’re hurting an individual rarely grow a conscious. They fake it until they can get out and do it more covertly.

    They KNOW it doesn’t work. The system, the methods, the protocol…doesn’t matter. Something is off if even those who initiate laws don’t trust the process of “justice”.

  • G Dog

    Once again the GOP shows their laser focus on creating jobs.

    • hunnybear18

      Once again G Dog makes an offtopic post in an attempt to grind his personal political ax.

      This was a bipartisan bill that passed 127-1 in the house and unanimously in the senate. Course I’m sure MSKGB didn’t spoon feed that information to you, so you wouldn’t know.

  • Crazy Joe

    Hey Governor Dayton as long as you have your pen out please sign HR1467, thank you.

  • Bill Clintons Cigar

    I am ok with them being released… long as the castration goes well.

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