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Notification loophole closed

Published (3/2/2012)
By Sue Hegarty
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Residents near where a pedophile will soon be living must now be notified by law enforcement about his or her discharge into their community, closing what some said was a loophole in the notification law.

The law is in response to the court-ordered discharge of Clarence Opheim, the state’s first sex offender discharged from the Minnesota Sex Offender Program in St. Peter. Following nearly 20 years in the treatment program, Opheim is due to be transferred to a halfway house, where he will be required to meet 32 rules of his discharge. Previously, community notification was not required unless the person was being released from the halfway house.

Sponsored by Rep. Kathy Lohmer (R-Lake Elmo) and Sen. Julianne Ortman (R-Chanhassen), the law is effective Feb. 24, 2012.

HF2394*/ SF1994/CH123

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