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Suicide in sex offender facility


A 45-year-old male client of the Minnesota Sex Offender Program (MSOP) in the Moose Lake facility died of an apparent suicide according to a statement issued from the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) Monday.

The incident occurred Friday, August 2.

Citing privacy laws, the DHS did not release the man's name or provide other personal details.

"We extend our sympathy to the client's family and friends," said the statement.

According to the statement, the DHS is fully investigating the circumstances and reviewing all relevant policies and procedures.

The statement went on to say that, "At no time was security at the facility compromised."

As a precaution and to provide for emergency response, the unit where the suicide occurred was put on lockdown from 6:20 p.m. Friday to 6:30 a.m. Saturday.

Clients at the facility who may be affected by the death are receiving counseling if needed.

Reports say this is the only known suicide in the history of the state's sex offender treatment program.

The MSOP provides services to individuals who have been court-ordered to receive sex offender treatment. MSOP clients have completed their prison sentences and are civilly committed by the courts and placed in sex offender treatment for an indeterminate period of time.

A lawsuit pending in federal court alleges the sex offender program is unconstitutional.


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