- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 19, 2015

ROCK DELL TOWNSHIP, Minn. (AP) - Members of an Olmsted County community have packed a meeting to learn more about a 68-year-old man set to move there after spending two decades in the Minnesota sex offender treatment program.

The meeting was held Tuesday night at a Rock Dell Township church. Benjamin Gissendanner will live at a four-bed residential facility in the township as soon as September following his conditional release. He’s just the fourth offender in the program to reach that stage.

Gissendanner was civilly committed in the early 1990s after serving prison time for rape convictions. Last month, a special court panel granted his placement in the facility southwest of Rochester.

Olmsted County Attorney Mark Ostrem said at the meeting that Gissendanner won’t “impact our community in any way.” He’ll be subject to electronic monitoring, chemical screening and other measures.


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