Predatory sex offender arrested in Texas after escaping MN program

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A predatory sex offender with ties to seven Minnesota cities has been arrested in Texas after escaping his supervised release program in Minneapolis.

The Minnesota Department of Corrections confirmed on Thursday that Douglas Lynn Peterson, 66, has been apprehended by authorities in southern Texas and is being held in Guadalupe County Jail.

The level-three predatory sex offender left prison in November 2014 and fled intensive supervised release last month. Authorities have been hunting for him ever since.

Corrections officials at the time said Peterson had ties to Minneapolis, Golden Valley, Blaine, Zimmerman, Milaca, Hayfield and Blooming Prairie in Minnesota, as well as Arcadia in Florida and Phoenix, Arizona.

He was sentenced to serve time in prison in 2001 for criminal sexual conduct involving juvenile males.

The intensive supervised release program from which he escaped is staffed by specially trained corrections agents, who supervise offenders deemed a high risk to the public.

The department says it involves supervision seven days a week “including four face-to-face contacts weekly, electronic home monitoring, mandatory work or school, daily curfews, mandatory restitution, and random drug testing.”

Find details about the program here.

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