Police: Pedophile To Live In Golden Valley; Meeting Set

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – A sexual psychopath will be living in a Golden Valley halfway house after being released from a sex offender program in which he stayed for 18 years.

Golden Valley Police Chief Stacy Carlson said that Clarence Joseph Opheim, who has admitted to committing over 100 criminal sexual acts, will be living near the intersection of Highway 55 and Zane Avenue.

Opheim has been deemed a Level 3 risk by the Minnesota Department of Corrections due to his potential to re-offend and his past behavior, Carlson said.

A community notification meeting will be held on March 5 at the Perpich Center for the Arts’ auditorium at 6 p.m. The arts high school is located at 6125 Olson Memorial Highway.

The meeting will provide information regarding Opheim’s offenses, the conditions of his release, guidelines on predatory offender registration and general safety. A public fact sheet regarding predatory registration is available at the city’s website.

Carlson says Opheim is not wanted by Golden Valley police and that he has served the sentence imposed by the court. The purpose of the meeting is not to increase fear but to educate the public on matters regarding predatory offenders.

  • Kevin

    Say Golden Valley….”Got Ammo”…??????

  • we

    THIS GUY SHOULD BE LOCKED UP FOREVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Rachel

    If he has a potential to reoffend why is he being released? What unlucky person is going to bear the pain and trauma when he reoffends? Our justice system is so messed up. People who commit fraud and steal from the already wealthy get more time than people who steal children’s innocence!

  • Al Frankenstien

    Wait…is he looking at the camera? Or off to the right?

  • Willow

    The answer seems simple. Castrate the ones who are likely to re-offend.

    • The Cure

      Yes, with the backside of a dull butter knife!

      • noople

        that won’t take away their urges… and people they don’t need their ORGAN to molest… but yeah. their bb’s should get cut off… just cuz.

  • heidi takala

    i like kevin’s — /post
    ‘got ammo’… since he already admitted to his crimes-NOTICE crimes–more than one.. he will do it again. it’s a no brainer; as in rome, “feed him to the lions”. castrating is to kind ……

  • Sheree

    Level 3 sex offender. Molested 29 children, even using a knife, and he is going to be freed?! He should be locked up for life. Even if he ONLY served 3 years for every child that he assaulted, he’d never be free.
    How can it be considered that he paid his debt. Those children who were molested by him carry that for their entire life.

    • Owl

      You are exactly right in the remedy you suggest. Contact your state senator and representative and tell them you think penalties for this sort of crime should be stiffer. What I don’t like is the idea of sending people like him to a state mental hospital where it costs twice or thrice as much as keeping him in prison. If you don’t think he should ever be released then give him a sentence of life without the possibity of parole. Do keep in mind that he wasn’t charged for 29 instances of child molestation, that is only known because he admitted to them during treatment. I mention this because I don’t think the court erred in the sentence given him after his original comviction.

  • kim

    While I agree that he should be locked up for life, because he is well-known and people are on alert, it is likely that he won’t have an opportunity to reoffend. Sadly, pedophiles still exist among us — the ones that haven’t been caught yet. Those are the ones to be very worried about.

  • Faye

    Meadowbrook Elementary School is less than a mile from his residence. I thought pedophiles were not allowed to relocate to within a certain radius of schools. Someone help me understand this.

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