ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Human Services Commissioner Lucinda Jesson is defending her decision not to oppose the provisional discharge of a man who spent nearly 19 years in the Minnesota Sex Offender Program.

Sixty-four-year-old Clarence Opheim is the first civilly committed sex offender to receive a court-ordered provisional discharge in Minnesota.

Last year, Jesson and others had opposed his provisional discharge, but they changed their minds after receiving new information about his case. Opheim will soon move to a halfway house, where his every movement will be monitored.

Jesson and others say Opheim meets the criteria for provisional discharge under the law.

Rep. Glenn Gruenhagen, R-Glencoe, says maybe the law needs to be changed. He says sex offenders should be locked up for life with no chance for parole, or face the death penalty.

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Comments (14)
  1. More dispicle reasoning says:

    Our daft society rationals to routinely kill innocent animals, but has no problem turning out vicious humans to prey on their own. This guy was behind bars before the dumping of porn on the internet. Look at all the offenders it has created. Now, we will return another out, to possibly wreak havoc on someones loved ones. Maybe its just time, to throw every one out of office who seem to coddle the worst of the worst; sex offenders. Enough Is Enough!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    1. cherokee49 says:

      All sex offenders are NOT the worst of the worst! The judicial system that arrests, convicts and registers them IS. More than 95% of those on the registry are no different than anyone else, except they have been caught up in the broad vagueness of the judicial system. More than 25% of the 3/4 of a million registrants were under 18 when arrested for such crimes as consensual teen relationships, playing doctor and other previously “normal” behaviors. If LE wasn’t so busy monitoring those with “minor” crimes they might have time to keep up with and monitor those who ARE truly dangerous to children or society, rather than having them slip through the cracks to re offend. The problem is, the media prefers to infer that ALL registrants are this type of person when in reality less than 1% of those on the registry fit this catagory.

    2. cherokee49 says:

      BTW WTH is “dispicle”? I can only assume you mean “despicable” meaning disgusting or whatever. However it really tends to water down the meaning of your comments when you use words you can’t even spell.

  2. Marie says:

    I agree, can we stop dumping the worst of the sex offenders out into society, please? If they did it once, they’ll do it again. If we’re not going to give them a certain type of surgey that ensures they’ll never be able to do it again (which would make this comment get moderated), we should at least lock them up for the rest of their lives.

    1. Sandy says:

      Is that a labotomy or castration because both would be required. Yes, I know it is not just men, but this one is a man.

  3. Marie says:

    Ugh…that should be surgery. We should be able to edit our comments for typos.

  4. jackactionhero says:

    He’s kinda cute! Let’s stop over reacting & give the guy a chance..

    1. typical reasoning for pigs says:

      They are giving him another chance. Another chance to recommit. Don’t you get it?

  5. outrage says:

    It is such an outrage, appauling that people in charge are even ‘contemplating’ releasing this sex-offender monster. What is wrong with these officials. They refuse to recognize these ‘creeps’ who prey on our children DO NOT get WELL. They claim he’ll be carefully monotored etc… no-way won’t happen, these creeps reoffend, and this guy will reoffend people,,,please keep him locked up, please think about children first instead of that creep. The court put him in StPeter to stay..don’t undo that for our childrens sake please.

    1. Shana Rowan says:

      People here would be well advised to do minimal research on a subject before spewing about it on the internet. The term “sex offender” means many things…many registrants do not have child victims or even victims AT ALL…a quarter of all registered sex offenders are children themselves.

      Sex crimes also have the lowest re-offense rates of ALL crimes except murder. You need to step away from the news once in a while…

  6. missy says:

    Anyone remember a young girl named Dru?

  7. Jonathan says:

    Fk the House, and Fk their oh-so special hearings. He is being handled in a totally legal fashion, and these opportunistic vulture politicians should get their fat, overpaid a$$es out of this case.

  8. TaxPayer says:

    “Rep. Glenn Gruenhagen, R-Glencoe, says maybe the law needs to be changed. He says sex offenders should be locked up for life with no chance for parole, or face the death penalty.”

    If this is the attitude of this politician, then maybe we should lock them all up for the raping they have been doing to our society in general. Stealing our rights, treating the citizens that pay taxes and pay their paychecks like second class citizens. Maybe we should just start executing those politicians that just don’t do their job right? Seems like we would eliminate some of the corruptness of the political realm if there were REAL consequences for their actions.

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