MInnesota Security Hospital
The Minnesota Security Hospital in St. Peter, Minn. (File photo)
- More Information
The MSOP program operates facilities in both St. Peter and Moose Lake. According to the Department of Human Services website, as of Oct. 1 MSOP was providing treatment for 669 clients across both sites.
The Moose Lake facility typically house individuals involved in the civil commitment process, not enrolled in the sex offender program or in the early stages of treatment. The St. Peter facility houses those who have progressed through treatment and are ready to be reintegrated into normal society.
Evenstad was convicted of first and third degree criminal sexual assault of an 18-year-old woman in 1999. According to court records, Evenstad met the woman through a telephone "chat line" service which permitted users to exchange telephone messages.
After several weeks, the woman contacted Evenstad and made plans to meet him. He picked her up from her aunt's home, drove her to his house and sexually assaulted her, said court records.
After the assault, the woman used the chat line to contact several other women, eventually finding two more witnesses who testified at Evenstad's trial about prior sexual misconduct.
Evanstad was found guilty by a trial jury, but since then has applied for post-conviction relief. The post-conviction court held a hearing to address Evenstad's claim, where he presented testimony that one of the witnesses had testified falsely and that a police officer had led another witness to testify falsely during a photographic lineup.
While the charges based on the accusations made by the women who had misidentified him in the photographic lineup were eventually dropped, the post-conviction denied relief on the basis that the other woman's testimony if true would not have changed the outcome of the trial.
Evenstad also appealed to the Minn. Court of Appeals, which affirmed the post conviction-court's ruling.
- Who is being sued?
Bryan Herberg: Security Counselor Lead
Lyle Johnson: Unit Director
Ryan Chukuske: Security Counselor and Behavioral Analyst
Stacy Michels: Security Counselor
Shad Coyour: Security Counselor
Robin Oulette: Nurse
Nancy Johnston: Site Director
Gary Grimm: Program Director
Lucinda Jesson: Commissioner, Minnesota Human Services
Posted: Saturday, January 5, 2013 7:30 am
Updated: 12:02 pm, Wed Jan 9, 2013.
A former inmate at the Minnesota Security Hospital is suing several staff members of the Minnesota Sex Offender Program and the commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Human Services Lucinda Jesson, alleging among other things that he was physically and sexually assaulted while being held at the MSOP facility in St. Peter.
Thomas Evenstad, a resident of Hennepin County, was convicted in Minnesota state court of first- and third-degree criminal sexual conduct in 1999.
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Saturday, January 5, 2013 7:30 am.
Updated: 12:02 pm.