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Department of Corrections warns of sex offender's release

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The South Dakota Department of Corrections is warning the public about the release of an inmate who refused sex offender treatment.

Department of Corrections Secretary Denny Kaemingk says William Duncan, 64, is being released Friday, July 27 because his sentence expires.

Duncan was sentenced to two 15-year sentences in December 1994 for sexual contact with a child under the age of 16 out of Lawrence County. Michael Winder, D.O.C Communications & Information Manager, says Duncan was sentenced under South Dakota's "old" parole system which granted prisoners time off for every day they were in prison.

Department of Corrections Secretary Denny Kaemingk says Duncan could have been released from prison in 2003. In 1994, Duncan was told his second 15-year term would be suspended if he underwent sex offender treatment. However, Duncan refused treatment and was still released early because of the "good behavior days" he earned under the "old" parole system.

South Dakota implemented the current parole system in July 1996. Under this system, each inmate is given an Individual Program Directive which is consistent with their sentence and treatment needs. In the "new" parole system inmates must undergo treatment in order to be eligible for parole. However, an inmate can refuse treatment, but he or she will have to serve the entire sentence behind bars.

Click here to learn more about the parole system in South Dakota.

Secretary Kaemingk says William Duncan refused to participate in sex offender treatment while incarcerated. Kaemingk says Department of Corrections assessments show Duncan is a high risk to recidivate and is a risk to the community.

According to the Department of Corrections, Duncan has not said where he plans to live when he is released from prison.

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