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High-Risk Sex Offender Heads To Halfway House

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) -- This week, a high-risk sex offender is expected to be released to a halfway house in Golden Valley.

Sixty-four-year-old Clarence Opheim committed more than 100 sex acts with kids in the 1970s and 80s.

He's been civilly committed to the Minnesota Security Hospital in St. Peter, after serving his time.

He's now ready to be the first in the state to be released from that sex offender program.

NewsRadio 830 WCCO's Edgar Linares Reports


Opheim will wear a GPS ankle bracelet and be subject to random drug and alcohol checks.

The halfway house where he's staying is near Highway 55 and Zane.

Leo Anderson, a Golden Valley resident, says he's not too concerned about Opheim.

"All his windows are locked. He can't even step outside of the house to get a can of soda because he has the ankle bracelet," Anderson said. "I'm not against the halfway house or the gentleman living there. As long as he stays in his provided area."

On the other hand, Tareese Murph, a Golden Valley resident and mother of a 2-year-old son, says the situations scares her.

"When I first heard about him getting out...I wasn't too fond of it, because I have a little boy," she said.

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