Sex Offender Granted Monitored Release from MN Lockup

MN Sex Offender to be Released From Lockup After Two Decades

A 68-year-old man who has spent two decades in the Minnesota sex offender treatment program is on the verge of provisional release.

A special court panel granted his placement in a four-bed residential facility in rural Olmsted County last month.

A community notification meeting is set for next Tuesday in the township southwest of Rochester where Benjamin Gissendanner will live beginning next month.

The man with multiple rape convictions will be subject to electronic monitoring, outpatient treatment, regular chemical screening and several restrictions, including on Internet use.

He’s only the fourth offender in the program to reach this stage.

Minnesota’s treatment program has been ruled unconstitutional by the federal courts, in part because so few of the 720 current patients have re-entered the community after being civilly committed.

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