BLOOMINGTON — A hearing to consider whether a Bloomington man held as a sexually dangerous person should be released has been postponed to allow the state to complete an evaluation of his condition.
John Guthrie was sent to a state facility in 1993 but was not criminally charged after he admitted to molesting two minors. He was released in 2004 but was returned to state custody for violating the terms of his release.
Guthrie has filed numerous petitions seeking his release, all of them opposed by prosecutors. A jury ruled in 2009 that Guthrie should remain in treatment.
Associate Judge Rebecca Foley denied a motion Tuesday from defense lawyer Keith Davis asking that Guthrie be released because of delays by the state in completing Guthrie’s assessment. Davis argued at an April hearing that the delays have left Guthrie “in limbo.”
Assistant State’s Attorney Bill Workman contacted Department of Corrections staff during a break in Tuesday’s hearing to see when the assessment might be conducted. According to the state, Guthrie is 15th on a list of offenders waiting for evaluations.
A Nov. 14 hearing has been set to review the status of Guthrie’s petition.