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Associated Press, Published June 23 2010

Escape attempted at Minnesota sex offender facility

ST. PAUL (AP) — Officials with the Minnesota Sex Offender Program say they stopped an attempted escape by four sex offenders in Moose Lake on Saturday.

Human Services Department spokeswoman Bonnie Martin says the offenders tried to break out at about 6:15 p.m. but didn't make it past a secure perimeter. Instead, security officers apprehended them and put the facility on lockdown while they accounted for the offenders.

Martin says program security staff called local police, who responded immediately. She says the public was not at risk.

The sex offender facility in Moose Lake, 110 miles north of the Twin Cities, confines more than 400 sex offenders who were committed to treatment indefinitely instead of being freed after serving prison time.

Copyright 2010 The Associated Press.