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Judges to discharge man from sex offender program

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ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A 64-year-old pedophile will become the first patient to be discharged from the Minnesota Sex Offender Program.

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The Star Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/yoRhvq) the decision to release Clarence Opheim was made Friday by a three-judge panel in Ramsey county, after there was no objection from prosecutors or the Department of Human Services.

Minnesota started its sex offender program in 1994. Opheim has been there since then. He had been convicted of criminal sexual assault of a teenage boy in the late 1980s.

The judges ruled Friday that they will accept discharge plans for Opheim. He'll move from a monitored residence at the Minnesota Security Hospital in St. Peter to a halfway house in Minneapolis.

A formal order is expected next week and Opheim could move within two months.

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Information from: Star Tribune, http://www.startribune.com

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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