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By Lois E. Johnson
Moose Lake Star Gazette 

State to pay sex offender who was raped in MSOP

 


The State of Minnesota will pay $203,000 to a sex offender who was raped while confined at the Minnesota Sex Offender Program (MSOP) in Moose Lake.

According to the Star Tribune and the Duluth News Tribune, a lawsuit by Michael Mrozek, the victim of the 2010 attack by Brian Sorenson, another offender, resulted in an apology from Deputy Human Services Commissioner Anne Barry and the $203,000 award.

“The agency sincerely regrets the sexual assault that was perpetrated upon you by your roommate,” she stated in a letter to Mrozek, according to the articles.

Sorenson described the methodical steps he took leading up to the attack inside the Moose Lake facility to an investigator. At least one therapist knew about his plan, it was stated in the investigator’s report.

The two men were roommates. In the investigative report, Mrozek told his therapists he “did not need to be moved.” But Mrozek’s attorney, Jordan Kushner, said no documents were provided that corroborated the comment. Sorenson had a history of assaultive behavior with his previous roommate, events unknown to Mrozek when he was paired with Sorenson, according to Kushner.

After the 2010 MSOP incident, Sorenson was convicted in Carlton County of raping Mrozek and sentenced to 17 years in the state prison at Stillwater.

 

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