A recent Minnesota Appeals Court decision will keep a notorious local sex offender locked up indefinitely.
Scott County District Court Judge Caroline Lennon ruled last September that James Rud should be placed at the state’s sex-offender treatment facility in Moose Lake. Rud was eligible for intensive supervised release after serving the first 30 years of his 40-year prison sentence, but Lennon found that less-restrictive alternatives failed to protect public safety.
Rud’s court-appointed Shakopee attorneys appealed that decision, claiming his due-process rights were violated and other alternatives were not provided, but the Minnesota Court of Appeals has disagreed and upheld Lennon’s ruling.
The 54-year-old Rud admitted victimizing 16 people in the 1980s and sparked the infamous Jordan child sex-abuse scandal.