Minn. judges consider release of sex offender Thomas Duvall - KMSP-TV

Minn. judges consider release of 2nd civilly-committed sex offender

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ST. PAUL, Minn. (KMSP) -

A three-judge panel will hear arguments Friday afternoon on whether or not to consider the release of convicted rapist Thomas Duvall from the Minnesota Sex Offender Program.

For the last 13 years, Duvall has been a "client" of the Minnesota Sex Offender Program. If his release is approved, he will be just the second man in the 20-year history of the MSOP to get out.

Duvall was convicted of raping a 17-year-old girl at knifepoint 26 years ago, after he was released from a prison term served for another rape. He served 13 more years in prison and was then civilly committed as a sexual psychopath, joining the roughly 700 others who are so-called "patients" at the facilities in St. Peter and Moose Lake.

Last year, Clarence Opheim became the first client to be released to a halfway house in St. Louis Park. But in light of a federal lawsuit, a task force has been set up to find a way to release more MSOP patients.

Duvall has been recommended for release, along with Kirk Fugelseth, who admitted to molesting 30 boys and girls in Minnesota and Oregon

The state spends $73 million annually to treat sex offenders.

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