State may release man convicted of knife-point rape and another who molested 30 children

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Minnesota's sex offender program was created in 1994, but since then only two men have been released from its Moose Lake facility.
State officials have taken heat from all over the world for Minnesota's 19-year-old sex offender treatment program, which currently houses nearly 700 inmates in a facility in Moose Lake but has released only two offenders -- ever.

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The state may soon double that number. A Department of Human Services board recently recommended the release of two offenders, meaning all that stands between them and some degree of freedom is final approval from a state Supreme Court appeals panel.

But each man's extensive and in some cases brutal criminal history raises concerns they could offend again. A Star Tribune report provides more information about the two offenders in question, 57-year-old Thomas Duvall and 47-year-old Kirk Fugelseth:
Duvall was convicted of raping a 17-year-old Brooklyn Park girl at knife point in 1987 just after completing a prison term for a separate rape conviction, records show.

Fugelseth has admitted to molesting more than 30 boys and girls from ages 3 to 14. In 1997, he admitted that he had been molesting his girlfriend's 9-year-old daughter for months after he moved to Moorhead, records show. His first sex crime conviction followed a 1993 charge for sexually molesting two boys in Oregon. In 2003, Clay County asked the court to have him civilly committed, claiming he was a danger to the community...

Both Duvall and Fugelseth have undergone years of treatment. Duvall, now 57, was living in a Minneapolis halfway house in 1987, when one day after Christmas, he coaxed a Brooklyn Park teenager into letting him into her apartment, saying he needed to use the telephone. Records show he tied her to a bed and terrorized her for more than three hours, sexually assaulting her with a hammer and a curling iron.

Fugelseth, 47, admitted that he sexually victimized more than 30 children starting when he was 14. For more than two decades, he would gain the trust of children with gifts and favors over time, and then violate them, court records show. He held a position of authority over many of his victims and he continued to reoffend even when he was on probation or receiving treatment for past sexual offenses, records show.
If released, Fugelseth would be subject to continued supervision by the state program, GPS monitoring, frequent visits, and covert surveillance, while Duvall would be sent to a St. Paul halfway house that successfully helped an offender who was released last year transition to life outside the walls of the Moose Lake Facility, the Strib reports.

News that the state is moving toward releasing the two offenders comes just weeks after an inmate who had been committed to the Moose Lake facility since 2007 killed himself. Inmates who spoke to the media in the wake of the incident said suicide attempts there are common, in part because offenders have little reason to believe they'll ever be released back into society.

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asherer
asherer

Duvall committed this violent crime after completing a prison term for a separate rape conviction (while living in a half way house). His track record proves he cannot be trusted in society. This monster should never get released!

asherer
asherer

Duvall committed this violent crime after completing a prison term for a separate rape conviction (while living in a half way house). His track record proves he cannot be trusted in society. This monster should never get released!

asherer
asherer

Duvall committed this violent crime after completing a prison term for a separate rape conviction (while living in a half way house). His track record proves he cannot be trusted in society. This monster should never get released!

asherer
asherer

Duvall committed this violent crime after completing a prison term for a separate rape conviction (while living in a half way house). His track record proves he cannot be trusted in society. This monster should never get released!

Matthew Martin
Matthew Martin

Moose Lake has approximately 700 inmates. Each inmate costs approximately $120,000. That means the state is spending nearly 84 million dollars a year on a facility where the program ISN'T working. It may be political suicide to advocate letting criminals go... but if you can't reform, this is just a holding-cell-money-pit.

dtbruning
dtbruning

As someone who has worked with these individuals you need to understand a few simple things; there a multiple levels of offense you can be charged or committed with and Level 3 offenders pose a potential high risk to the community and are a threat to re-offend if provided the opportunity.  Most have prior sex crime convictions as well as other criminal convictions.  Their lifestyles and choices place them in this classification.  Some have predatory characteristics and may seek out victims.  Generally they have refused or failed to complete approved treatment programs.  They usually have one or more victims.  They may not know their victim(s).  The crime may show a manifest cruelty to the victim(s) and these offenders usually deny or minimize the crime.

Generally, these individuals are diagnosed with co-morbid psychiatric disorders and most will have an antisocial personality disorder diagnosis (think American Psycho or No Country For Old Men Villian), they suffer from massive errors in thinking and tend to place themselves in the victim role (as seen by the one individual who has molested 30+ children but he's a victim because he's committed). These individuals tend to be very manipulative, narcissistic, and IMHO after 12 years of clinical work with very difficult mentally Ill clients, they are very treatment resistant and are the type of patients that tend to burn out therapists.

 To say they have undergone "years of treatment" is akin to saying I hung around a college campus and after so many years I should be given a degree. It's a tough spot to determine if someone of such personality temperament is "cured" when the option of what may happen if no one is looking could be so terrible. We all tend to go the speed limit when a cops around ...

swmnguy
swmnguy topcommenter

I think it's long past time we had an honest conversation about these sex offenders.  Do we have any reason to believe that treatment works?  Do we believe that sex offenses are worse than murder?  Should every one of these people get life without parole?  Are we willing to pay for that?  Are people being over-charged by politically ambitious prosecutors?

I really haven't made up my mind on any of these questions, and I don't have enough information to do so.  I know, however, that the information I have gotten from Law Enforcement, through the Media, has been highly sensationalized and self-interested.

I do have to say I think it's weird that we give Tom Petters and rapists vastly longer sentences than murderers.  You can survive losing your money and being raped.  Lots of people have had to do it.  It's not easy, but people do it.  Nobody ever survived being murdered.

Adam Klugherz
Adam Klugherz

Well you have to make room for those drug offenders. Priorities.

Tom Fru
Tom Fru

If they attempt suicide they should be allowed to die. Just sayin.

Virginia Kelly
Virginia Kelly

Insanity.... do not for one minute think their therapy changed their sick and evil perversions.... what is wrong with Minnesota that they would ever think of releasing them...??

LaVonne Easter
LaVonne Easter

U can use my tax dollars to keep them locked up. Please!

Dee Finkelson
Dee Finkelson

Another reason Y we have to do conceal carry.

Angela Salzl
Angela Salzl

Are we supposed to care that they commit suicide because they believe they'll never get out? I could careless if they off themselves and NO THEY NEVER SHOULD GET RELEASED!

Erin Burckhard
Erin Burckhard

This is disgusting. If "they" want them out so bad, they can go live in their neighborhoods... keep them away from innocent women and children....

tgarciagill
tgarciagill

I think who ever makes these decisions how have them as neighbors because it their released they will be one of mine..  Release the drug dealer not the violent.......

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