State officials' screwup leads to violent sex offender being dropped off on Mpls street corner

In April, 23-year-old Raymond Traylor arrived at the Minnesota Security Hospital in St. Peter. His arrival there was the result of an emergency transfer from a regional treatment center in Anoka, where he bit two staff members, groped female employees, and started fights with other patients.

When he arrived in St. Peter, a doctor, citing "his extreme aggression," asked for court permission to treat him with "as many medications as possible," and two weeks later was given permission to administer electroshock.

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Four months later, Traylor is free. The reason? According to a Star Tribune report, state officials simply missed a deadline to file his 60-day progress report, which resulted in Traylor being unceremoniously dropped off at a Minneapolis street corner nearby the Salvation Army's Harbor Light Center for homeless men and women.

As you'd expect, Hennepin County officials aren't thrilled by this news. The county attorney's office released a statement saying that Traylor "poses a danger not only to the public but also to himself... Four months into what would have been a six-month, potentially renewable, commitment, Mr. Traylor is again on the streets of Minneapolis because someone did not do their job."

A perusal of Traylor's criminal record reveals a laundry list of convictions for assault, trespassing, and drug and sex crimes, some of which occurred while he was a juvenile.

Despite the fact he was trespassed from the property just months ago, he was allowed to stay at the Harbor Lights Center after officials there learned he'd been literally dropped off at a corner with nowhere to go.

The Strib managed to interview Traylor last week. Reporter Paul McEnroe writes that he appeared "stable and coherent."

"I wasn't afraid when they dropped me off, but I did feel like I was vulnerable... they dropped me with my two bags, around the corner, and wished me good luck," Traylor said. "I've been trying to get help all week."

State officials acknowledge a screwup culminated in Traylor's release, but insist, despite all the evidence, that he doesn't post a threat.

The progress report "shouldn't have fallen between the cracks, and as a result it didn't get on the court calendar," Anne Barry, deputy commissioner of the Human Services Department, told the Strib, adding that Traylor's case is unique in her experience.

But "if we thought there was a risk, if he was dangerous, we would've asked that he be recommitted," Barry continued.

-- Follow Aaron Rupar on Twitter at @atrupar. Got a tip? Drop him a line at [email protected]

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