Minn. Court of Appeals Upholds Denial of Sex Offender Release

Updated: 01/07/2013 2:54 PM KSTP.com By: Leslie Dyste

The Minnesota Court of Appeals Monday upheld the denial of sex offender John Rydberg's request for provisional discharge.

Rydberg, one of the state's most violent sex offenders, has a long history of violent offenses that date back to the 1970s, when he broke into a couple's Wisconsin home and raped and assaulted them.

The nearly 70-year-old Rydberg has said he will always have violent thoughts, but after nearly 20 years of treatment he can now control his impulses.

Rydberg's attorney was in court in October to appeal after Rydberg's request for release was denied.

A three judge panel had 90 days to issue an opinion.

The opinion released Monday states, "We affirm the panel's conclusion that the evidence clearly and convincingly shows that Rydberg's course of treatment and present mental status render supervision in his current treatment setting necessary."

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