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Sex offender to be released


A civilly committed sex offender is to be released from the Minnesota Sex Offender Program (MSOP) in Moose Lake, a judge has ruled.

Cedrick Ince, 24 years old, was convicted of sexually assaulting two teenage girls when he was 17, news reports state. Ince served his time in prison, however, a Sibley County panel ruling said he was likely to reoffend and petitioned for civil commitment.

The legality of Minnesota's sex offender program is currently a hot topic.

In April, Ince's commitment was reviewed per order of the state Supreme Court. As a result of that review, Judge Thomas McCarthy ruled there is not clear and convincing evidence Ince would reoffend and ordered his release, reports state.

According to the Minnesota Department of Human Services, only two individuals have been provisionally discharged from MSOP.

In 2012, a client was provisionally discharged from MSOP and is currently living in the community under close monitoring and supervision. Prior to that, one other client was provisionally discharged a number of years ago. However, that client’s provisional discharge was later revoked.


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