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Barnesville man may lose freedom again

A Barnesville, Minn., man is facing a possible return to prison. John M.

A Barnesville, Minn., man is facing a possible return to prison.

John M. Thompson, 55, was released from prison in August after serving about 15 months of a 25-month sentence he received in Clay County District Court on a charge of fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct.

Thompson pleaded guilty in April 2001 to having sex with a 26-year-old woman knowing she was mentally disabled.

According to court records, Thompson paid the woman's family with money and on one occasion, authorities said, he gave the family a sack of potatoes.

Brian Rubenstein, a Minnesota Department of Corrections probation agent, said Thompson was taken into custody Nov. 25 on suspicion he violated terms of his release. Rubenstein declined to elaborate on the alleged violation.


Thompson was being held in the Clay County Jail pending a revocation hearing set for today.

Rubenstein said a hearing officer will determine whether a violation occurred and if so, what sanction to impose.

Rubenstein said sanctions could include sending Thompson back to prison for the time remaining on his sentence or perhaps an even longer period of time.

Readers can reach Moorhead Bureau Chief Dave Olson at (701) 241-5555

I'm a reporter and a photographer and sometimes I create videos to go with my stories.

I graduated from Minnesota State University Moorhead and in my time with The Forum I have covered a number of beats, from cops and courts to business and education.

I've also written about UFOs, ghosts, dinosaur bones and the planet Pluto.

You may reach me by phone at 701-241-5555, or by email at dolson@forumcomm.com
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