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Sex offender will not be sent to state treatment program

MORRIS - A judge had ruled that a 40-year-old man who was found guilty of sexual assault in Stevens and Kandiyohi counties should not be committed to a sex offender program.

Jerry Everett Pahl, 40, who listed his last address in Hancock, Minn., was scheduled to be released from prison in July after serving a prison sentence for felony domestic assault. At that time, the Stevens County Attorney's office filed a commitment petition to request that Pahl, a Level 3 sex offender, be entered into the Minnesota Sex Offender Program (MSOP) and be sent to a secure treatment facility in Moose Lake, Minn.

Judge Gerald Seibel heard testimony on the petition in November, and issued his order last week.

In his conclusions, Seibel stated that although there is "clear and convincing evidence that Pahl currently suffers from sexual or personality disorders that constitute mental disorders ... it appears that he had greater difficult controlling his angry, violent behaviors as opposed to his sexual behaviors."

Seibel also concluded that the state had failed to prove that it is highly likely that Pahl will engage in further harmful sexual conduct and he is dangerous to others.

"Although there is clear and convincing evidence that Pahl is in need of treatment, there is insufficient evidence that the Minnesota Sex Offender Program in St. Peter and Moose Lake is the only program capable of meeting Pahl's treatment needs and the requirements of public safety," Seibel wrote.

Pahl remains in custody in the Kandiyohi County Jail under a hold by the Department of Corrections, said Stevens County Attorney Aaron Jordan.

Once Pahl decides where he is going to live after he is released, there will be a community notification process, said Jordan.

The commitment petition lists Pahl's nearest relatives living in Hancock, Willmar, Alexandria and Sauk Centre, Minn.