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New London Level 3 sex offender scheduled for civil commitment hearing Monday

WILLMAR — A registered Level 3 sex offender convicted of molesting a child is set to leave prison Tuesday and move to a home in rural New London.

But before that happens, Craig Allan Hargreaves, 49, will be in court Monday in Willmar for a hearing that could result in his civil commitment to the state's sex offender program as a sexually dangerous person.

In 2010, Hargreaves was sentenced to 143 months in prison for molesting a 12-year-old boy during the summer of 2007.

The sentence also included convictions for providing alcohol and drugs to minors and tampering with a witness for threatening to harm the juveniles who could testify against him.

After serving about seven years of the sentence, Hargreaves was set to move back to the same community where some of his offenses occurred.

A meeting was held last week in Spicer to inform the public about Hargreaves and the transition process.

But action taken late last week could change that.

On Thursday a petition was filed in Kandiyohi County District Court saying Hargreaves is a "sexual psychopathic personality and a sexually dangerous person and is in need of hospitalization."

On Friday, the court agreed to hold a hearing and Judge Donald Spilseth signed a document ordering Hargreaves to be transported from the Stillwater prison to the Kandiyohi County Jail prior to the hearing Monday.

Kandiyohi County Attorney Shane Baker, along with Minnesota Assistant Attorney General Noah Cashman, wrote that Hargreaves "will cause serious physical harm to others unless he is confined pending the commitment hearing and decision."

The state Attorney General's Office is assisting Kandiyohi County in the process seeking to have Hargreaves committed.

A 46-page document filed Thursday by a Kandiyohi County Health and Human Services supervisor, describes multiple incidents allegedly involving Hargreaves providing alcohol and drugs to minors and engaging in sexual activity with them. According to the document, additional charges of sexual assault were not filed because the statute of limitations had expired.

The document also includes other criminal and personal background information and the opinion of a psychologist, Dr. Rosemary Linderman, who said Hargreaves is "highly likely" to engage in acts of harmful sexual conduct in the future, could be a danger to the community and meets the criteria for commitment as a sexually dangerous person.

A preliminary probable cause hearing will be at 3 p.m. Monday before Judge Spilseth.

Carolyn Lange

A reporter for more than 30 years, Carolyn Lange covers regional news with the West Central Tribune.

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