MANKATO, Minn. (AP) — A convicted sex offender whose pardon caused a political headache for Gov. Tim Pawlenty has landed back in jail for violating a condition of his release.

The Mankato Free Press reports that Jeremy Giefer is jailed in Blue Earth and his bail has been quadrupled to $1 million.

Giefer is accused of sexually assaulting a girl during a seven-year period. Authorities cited him on Friday for coming within 100 yards of the girl.

Giefer’s attorney Robert Docherty argued unsuccessfully in Blue Earth County court Monday that the encounter was coincidence.

In 2008, Giefer was pardoned for an old criminal sexual conduct charge by a three-member board that included Pawlenty. The governor has since asked that Giefer be investigated for lying on his pardon application.

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  1. Dave Seavy says:

    Even if this guy is innocent of the latest charges (and for the alleged victim’s sake I hope he is) he’ll never get justice. T PAW will do anything and everything to destroy Giefer in an effort to erase a “blotch” on his political record. Of course, he has plenty of blotches, but he wrote his whole meal ticket on locking up sex offenders; he’s not about to have something like this get in his way to the WH. Everything else aside, let’s hope he never gets there, for many reasons.

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