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Published August 20, 2013, 05:29 PM

Sex offender with ties to Moorhead recommended release from treatment program

Moorhead, MN (WDAY TV) - It's a disturbing and troubling story out of the Twin Cities involving a convicted sex offender with ties to heinous crimes in Moorhead.

By: WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY

Moorhead, MN (WDAY TV) - It's a disturbing and troubling story out of the Twin Cities involving a convicted sex offender with ties to heinous crimes in Moorhead.

Forty-seven year-old Kirk Fugelseth has been recommended for release from Minnesota's most secure treatment program, the Minnesota Sex Offender Program in St. Peter and Moose Lake. He admitted to molesting more than 30 boys and girls between the ages of 3 to 14.

In 1997, he said he'd been molesting his girlfriend's 9 year old for months, after he moved to Moorhead. Clay County Court asked the court to have him civilly committed because he was a danger to the community.

If approved, Fugelseth would be one of only three men released from the program, which is facing pressure to prove it's not a lifetime sentence. The release is up to the Supreme Court Appeal panel.

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