- Associated Press - Thursday, November 6, 2014

MOOSE LAKE, Minn. (AP) - The state has settled a lawsuit brought by a sex offender who was sexually assaulted by his roommate at a Minnesota treatment facility.

The victim in the 2010 attack at Moose Lake facility received $203,000 from the state and an apology from Deputy Human Services Commissioner Anne Barry. The plaintiff argued that for weeks the state failed to prevent or intervene in the attack.

The accused patient told a state investigator about steps he took leading to the assault, according to the Star Tribune. The investigator’s report says at least one therapist knew about the planned assault in advance.

“(The accused patient) told me he was confronted in his treatment group, and he admitted to his therapist that he had gotten up in the middle of the night and laid down on (his roommate’s) bed in an attempt to test (his roommate) to see what he would do,” the investigator wrote. “(The accused patient) told me he had been grooming (his roommate) by making sexual comments, roughhousing and asking him if he was gay. (The accused patient) told me (his roommate) repeatedly told him that he was not gay and didn’t want to have sex with him.”

The accused patient apologized for his actions in a therapy session and told staff he would stop making further advancements, a second investigative report said. That report found the staff knew about the accused patient’s history with assaultive behavior through incidents with a previous roommate, but the victim wasn’t warned, according to his attorney.

The accused patient was convicted of raping his roommate and sentenced to 17 years in prison.

The incident at the Moose Lake facility marked the second assault in the Minnesota Sex Offender Treatment program that has resulted in a costly settlement. The state paid a patient $130,000 in 2011 after he was assaulted by his roommate.

The Associated Press doesn’t name victims of sexual assault.


Information from: Star Tribune, https://www.startribune.com

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