Registration statute(s):   617.247                     

 

Investigating agency:  Polk County Sheriff’s Office                10/16/2012                                           

 

Release date:  03/11/2013

 

Supervision agent:  Cody Underdahl 

 

Offense:  Offender was found to be in possession of many computer images of child pornography, mostly of females, age 10, engaged in actual or simulated sexual acts. Offender was not known to victims.

 

Address:  800 Block of Marin Avenue, Crookston, MN 56716           

 

Date of address change:  03/11/2013

 

 

The Crookston Police Department is releasing this information pursuant to Minnesota Statutes 244.052.  This statute authorizes law enforcement agencies to inform the public of a sexual or predatory offender’s release from prison or a secure treatment facility when the Crookston Police Department believes that the release of information will enhance public safety and protection.

 

The individual who appears on this notification has been convicted of Criminal Sexual Conduct or another offense that requires registration with law enforcement pursuant to Minnesota Statutes 243.166 or 243.167.

 

This offender is not wanted by the police at this time and has served the sentence imposed on him/her by the court.  This notification is not intended to increase fear in the community.  Law enforcement believes that an informed public is a safer public.

 

The Crookston Police Department, the supervising release agent, and the Minnesota Department of Corrections may NOT direct where the offender does or does not reside, nor can these agencies direct where he/she works or goes to school.  The risk level of this offender has been determined based largely on his/her potential to re-offend based on his/her previous criminal behavior.

 

Convicted sexual and predatory offenders have always been released to live in our communities.  It was not until the passage of the Registration Act that law enforcement had an ability track the movement of these offenders after their initial release.  With the passage of the Community Notification Act law enforcement may now share information about many of these offenders with the public.  Abuse of this information to threaten, harass or intimidate a registered offender is unacceptable and such acts could be charged as a crime.  Such abuses could potentially end the ability of law enforcement to provide these notifications.  If community notification ends the only person who wins is the offender.  Many of these offenders derive their power from the opportunity that secrecy provides.