Civilly committed pedophile moving to Golden Valley

Clarence Opheim will be living in a halfway house once he's released from the secured sex offender treatment facility in St. Peter. The Golden Valley Police Department is holding a notification meeting March 5. The 64-year-old convicted sex offender has admitted to committing 100 sex crimes in the late 1980s.
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Clarence Opheim will be living in a halfway house once he's released from the secured sex offender treatment facility in St. Peter. The Golden Valley Police Department is holding a notification meeting March 5. The 64-year-old convicted sex offender has admitted to committing 100 sex crimes in the late 1980s.

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