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Human services commissioner says law requires man's release from sex offender program

Clarence Opheim has spent nearly 19 years in Minnesota's sex offender program. Now a court has ordered his release to a halfway house. Human Services Commissioner Lucinda Jesson says she didn't fight the order because it's consistent with state law.
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Clarence Opheim has spent nearly 19 years in Minnesota's sex offender program. Now a court has ordered his release to a halfway house. Human Services Commissioner Lucinda Jesson says she didn't fight the order because it's consistent with state law.

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