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State panel recommends release for Moorhead sex offender

Kirk Fugelseth
Kirk Fugelseth

MOORHEAD, Minn. (KFGO) - A former Moorhead man who’s admitted molesting more than 30 victims is being recommended for release from Minnesota’s sex offender program.

Kirk Fugelseth was civilly committed after pleading guilty in 1999 to having sexual contact with a victim under 16. Fugelseth has admitted he sexually abused more than 30 children.

In a letter, Minnesota Human Services Commissioner Lucinda Jesson says based on the findings of a special review board, she would not oppose Fugelseth’s conditional release.

Jesson says Fugelseth would be subject to covert surveillance, GPS monitoring, and would live in a halfway house in St. Paul. Jesson says safeguards would be used to protect former victims and the public to ensure Fugelseth’s “safe and successful reintegration.”

Clay County Attorney Brian Melton says although he’s disappointed that Fugelseth may be released, his office is not taking an official position.