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Judge to decide sex offender's future after commitment trial

A convicted sex offender's future is in the hands of a judge following the conclusion of a civil commitment trial in Crookston, Minn. Polk County District Court Judge Kurt Marben has more than three months to decide if Robin John Razmyslowski, 32...

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A convicted sex offender's future is in the hands of a judge following the conclusion of a civil commitment trial in Crookston, Minn.

Polk County District Court Judge Kurt Marben has more than three months to decide if Robin John Razmyslowski, 32, a Level 3 sex offender, should be committed indefinitely to a state security hospital.

During the trial, two psychologists hired by the state said Razmyslowski was a candidate for civil commitment.

A court-appointed psychologist came to the same conclusion, while another court-appointed doctor said Razmyslowski did not meet the criteria for commitment.

Razmyslowski admitted during trial that he molested 10 children ranging in age from about 4 to 13 years old.

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He said most of the abuse occurred when he was in his mid-teens and following his own sexual victimization as a child.

Razmyslowski said he has a plan to keep others safe and he shouldn't be condemned to a life in prison, which he said would be the case if the court decides to commit him indefinitely to a state security hospital.

Marben gave Razmyslowski's attorney, Richard Sather, and assistant attorney general Matt Frank until Oct. 8 to file proposed findings.

After that date the judge will have 90 days to issue his ruling.

Razmyslowski was incarcerated in treatment programs from 1991 to 1997.

After being released to house arrest, Razmyslowski started a sexual relationship with a 13-year-old girl in 1998 and later pleaded guilty to sexual assault charges.

He was sent to prison in that case and was released in October.

Razmyslowski has denied abusing three children who claimed he molested them and he has refused to name two children with whom he admitted having sexual contact, stating he's afraid the information will be used to prosecute him.

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Razmyslowski is being held in a state security hospital in St. Peter pending the judge's ruling.

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