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State Supreme Court denies sex offender commitment appeal

ST. PAUL — The Minnesota Supreme Court has denied further review of Steven Allan Housman’s civil commitment to the state sex offender program in St. Peter and Moose Lake.

The Court of Appeals had previously affirmed Housman’s commitment. Housman, 59, formerly of Montevideo, was indefinitely committed to the program by a district court ruling in 2009.

The Supreme Court denial was issued Nov. 12.  Housman was committed to the sex offender program after an Oct. 14, 2009, district court ruling that he has a sexually dangerous and psychopathic personality.

He had been classified by the Minnesota Department of Corrections as a Level III sex offender — meaning he had a high likelihood of reoffending.

 Housman had served a 58-month prison sentence for a second-degree criminal sexual conduct conviction for offenses against a 7-year-old female.

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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