Sex offenders who attempted escape appear in court; One arrested as Scanlon 'peeping Tom' in 1993

All four men who attempted to escape from the Minnesota Sexual Offender Program (MSOP) facility in Moose Lake on June 19 appeared in Carlton County Court Monday for a preliminary hearing.


All four men who attempted to escape from the Minnesota Sexual Offender Program (MSOP) facility in Moose Lake on June 19 appeared in Carlton County Court Monday for a preliminary hearing.

According to the court administrator's office, all four men are now scheduled for an omnibus hearing at 10:30 a.m. Monday, July 26.

Bail was set at $50,000 each when the men were initially charged, and all four remain imprisoned at the Carlton County Law Enforcement Center.

One of the men involved in the escape attempt, Christopher Loyd Ivey, is no stranger to the Carlton County area. Ivey was arrested in Cloquet in January 1993 on charges of breaking into at least 12 homes in Scanlon and Cloquet.

"The whole area was scared at that time," recalled former Pine Knot Editor Tim Franklin, now publisher of the Pine County Courier. "They were very glad Ivey was arrested quickly. He was a person who could have hurt anyone in the local area. I am very happy Moose Lake authorities arrested him so quickly this time."


Ivey was a 22-year-old student at Fond du Lac College at the time. According to the January 21, 1993, issue of The Pine Knot, he was charged in Carlton County Court with 10 counts of second-degree burglary, one count of first-degree burglary and another count of attempted burglary in the first degree.

According to the Pine Knot account, Ivey, who lived on 28th Street in Scanlon, was arrested after attempting to enter one of the same homes he later confessed to breaking into the previous summer and sexually assaulting a juvenile female.

The call for help came in to the Carlton County dispatcher at 8:49 p.m. on a Thursday evening, and the caller's husband reportedly chased Ivey with a snow shovel but was unable to apprehend him. Officers from the Scanlon and Cloquet police departments as well as Carlton County Sheriff's deputies were able to track and apprehend Ivey following a 40-minute chase.

The Pine Knot reported Ivey told police the exact location of the homes he entered and the time he entered them, as well as information regarding other burglaries and assaults he committed in a number of other states as well as in Germany.

With Ivey's arrest came the answer to two unsolved sexual assault and burglary cases committed in Scanlon the previous summer. At that time, The Pine Knot had posted a sheriff's department sketch of him based on witness accounts, though no break came until the following January.

According to several taped confessions, stated The Pine Knot article, Ivey burglarized homes where he assaulted women in Duluth, San Antonio and Killen, Texas, Mobile, Ala., Ayers, Maine, and Leonberg,

Germany. At the time of the local incidents, he had been living in Cloquet with his wife but said he had traveled extensively with his step-father who was in the service.

While in a squad car coming back from an investigation in Duluth, Ivey also allegedly confessed to police that he believed he killed a woman in Germany on June 10, 1989, after breaking into her apartment and sexually assaulting her.


At the time of his local arrest, Ivey had lived in the Cloquet/Scanlon area since Christmas 1991 in the home of his wife's father. The report said that Ivey had gone out for walks many times during the year, often in the middle of the night, where he said he would either window peep or break into someone's home.

According to court documents, Ivey said he looked through the windows of people in the county on at least 43 separate occasions.

Ivey had been working as a part-time security guard at St. Mary's Hospital in Duluth, and he allegedly told police that after work one night, he broke into an apartment and sexually assaulted a young woman in Duluth.

At the time of Ivey's arrest in Carlton County, he was also being investigated for the crimes in other states and extradition proceedings were being considered for the alleged murder in Germany.

Ivey was eventually civilly committed as a sexually psychopathic personality and a sexually dangerous person and committed to the Minnesota Sex Offender Program in St. Peter, Minn., a secure treatment facility for sex offenders, prior to his commitment to the facility in Moose Lake.

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