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Court affirms man's commitment to sex offender program

MONTEVIDEO -- The Minnesota Court of Appeals has affirmed Steven Allan Housman's commitment to the state sex offender program in St. Peter and Moose Lake.

In an unpublished opinion released Tuesday, the appeals court affirmed the district court's July 2009 ruling that the 55-year-old Housman, formerly of Montevideo, be indefinitely committed to the program.

The appeals decision also notes that the "record contains clear and convincing evidence that appellant meets the criteria for commitment as a SDP (sexually dangerous person) and SPP (sexually psychopathic personality)."

Housman is classified as a Level III sex of-fender un-der the state Department of Corrections system. In 1994 he received a stayed prison sentence of 58 months on a second-degree criminal sexual conduct charge for molesting a 4-year-old girl.

That prison time was ordered to be served in 1995 after Housman failed to complete sex offender treatment.

Since he was released from prison in 1998, he has been terminated from or failed to complete sex offender treatment on multiple occasions, the opinion notes. Housman was sent to the state sex offender program in January of last year, just hours before he was due to be released from the Chippewa County Jail. He had planned to return to live in a rural Montevideo residence.

Gretchen Schlosser

Gretchen Schlosser is the public safety reporter, and writes about agriculture occasionally, for the West Central Tribune. She's been with the Tribune since 2006 and has 17 years of experience working in news, media and communications. 

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