Court wants to expedite Minn Sex Offender Program case

By KBJR News 1

Court wants to expedite Minn Sex Offender Program case

August 11, 2014 Updated Aug 11, 2014 at 4:42 PM CDT

St. Paul, MN (NNCNOW.com) - The U-S District Court in Minnesota has concluded that at least two people, civilly committed in the Minnesota Sex Offender Program, should get an expedited court case to determine whether they should be released or released to less restrictive settings.

This decision came as the court is also considering a class action lawsuit, brought by civilly committed offenders in Moose Lake and St. Peter, who say the system for treatment and release is flawed and illegal.

Eric Terhaar, who is being held at MSOP in Moose Lake, for sex offenses he committed as a juvenile, and Rhonda Bailey, the only woman currently committed to MSOP, have become the focal point for the court's consideration.

The court says the lack of dangerousness posed by these two people and the fact that they were being held indefinitely, points out serious flaws in the state's civil commitment program.

The court has ordered MSOP to find alternate treatment centers for Bailey and Terhaar that will provide care more fitting for their situations.

Finally the U-S District court said the class action lawsuit for the other sex offenders must be held before the end of this year.

Barbara Reyelts