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Charges: Security counselor had sexual relationship with 'sexually dangerous patient' at Minnesota sex offender center

The Mankato woman has been charged with two counts of criminal sexual conduct.

A security counselor is facing criminal sexual conduct charges after being accused of engaging in sexual acts with a patient at the Minnesota Sex Offender Treatment Program in St. Peter. 

According to a criminal complaint filed in Nicollet County District Court, the sex offender patient contacted St. Peter Police Department in mid-August and reported having a sexual relationship with Claudia Kogo, 57, of Mankato, who worked at the treatment center as a security counselor. 

The patient, who remains unidentified, was in the secure facility as a sexually dangerous person with a "sexually psychopathic personality," according to the complaint. 

The patient told a detective that he met Kogo in 2016 and what started as flirting and sharing stories about past sexual experiences became more aggressive in 2017 with Kogo allegedly asking him about the type of underwear he wears and more direct sexual questions. 

In late 2017, the patient said Kogo began touching his penis over his clothing, doing so multiple times, escalating things further by sending him masturbation photos and providing him with condoms and instructions on how to "provide her with his seminal fluid." 

That escalated into numerous exchanges of oral sex and on three occasions intercourse, according to the complaint. 

On Aug. 29, 2018, Kogo exercised her right to remain silent when contacted by St. Peter PD. Search warrants were carried out and investigators found that Kogo had called the patient hundreds of times while he was hospitalized in St. Peter, with many of the phone call recordings revealing Kogo and the patient describing their sexual activities. 

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Kogo is also accused of using a fake account to hide her identity when placing calls to the Minnesota Sex Offender Treatment Program. 

Kogo, who no longer works at the treatment center, according to KSFY, has been charged with two felony counts of criminal sexual conduct. 

St. Peter is one of the two maximum-security facilities for sex offenders operated by the Minnesota Department of Human Services, which is designed to treat those convicted of sex crimes after they have been civilly committed.

It has however been the subject of lawsuits in the past because those enrolled in the program had little hope of ever being released.

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