State clears the way for first unconditional release from Minn. Sex Offender Program
State Human Services Commissioner Emily Johnson Piper has cleared the way for the first person ever to be fully released without conditions from the Minnesota Sex Offender Program (MSOP).
Reversing an earlier position, Piper said Wednesday that she would not appeal a state Supreme Court appeals panel ruling to release a young man, Eric Terhaar, 26, who has been confined at the MSOP for six years based solely on acts he committed as a juvenile.
Piper has “actively opposed” Terhaar’s release, she said in a statement. But “given an appellate court decision in an earlier case that disregarded expert testimony and granted the release of another MSOP client, I decided not to appeal this case. To do so could create a precedent that puts at risk the future of this program, which is critical to public safety.”