APNEWSBREAK: DAY CARE CLOSED IN MINN. PARDON CASE
newsday.com/Martiga Lohn (AP), Steve Karnowski (AP)
Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty urged prosecutors Wednesday to open a
perjury investigation against a pardoned sex offender now facing new
molestation charges in a case that could pose problems for the
Republican's presidential ambitions. Pawlenty asked two county
attorneys to investigate whether Jeremy Giefer, 26, of Vernon Center,
lied on his application for a pardon, which requires the petitioner to
swear he's been law-abiding. Pawlenty's administration also suspended
the day care license of Giefer's wife, effective Wednesday, saying,
the health, safety, and rights of children in your care are in
imminent risk of harm. Giefer pleaded guilty to having sex with his
14 year old girlfriend and getting her pregnant when he was 19. He
served a short jail sentence with work release privileges. They later
got married and remain together, and he said on his pardon application
that he sought clemency partly so she could open a home day care.
Giefer was charged last month in Blue Earth county with sexually
abusing a girl more than 250 times, before and after he was pardoned,
starting when she was 9 and continuing until she was 16.
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