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Meeting set for rural Pine River offender

Dennis Anthony Lee

A Level 3 predatory sex offender is planning to move to rural Pine River after being released from prison on March 14, officials announced Thursday.

Dennis Anthony Lee, 44, will be living on the 6100 block of 24th Street Southwest in rural Pine River, the Cass County Sheriff’s Department reported. 

A community notification meeting about Lee will be 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Pine River-Backus High School gym. Law enforcement personnel and Department of Corrections staff will attend the meeting  to discuss the offender’s status and answer questions.

According to information from the sheriff’s department, Lee has a history of sexual contact with female victims ages 6 to adult. Lee was known to his victims. 

Minnesota court records show Lee has several past convictions from criminal sexual conduct: 

• In 1994 in Washington County he was sentenced to 15 days jail and placed on 10 years supervised probation for misdemeanor fourth-degree criminal sexual contact. 

• In 1996 in Ramsey County he was sentenced to 36 months prison for felony second-degree criminal sexual conduct and felony fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct 

• In 2006 in Cass County he was sentenced to 98 months prison for two counts of felony second-degree criminal sexual conduct. 

• In June of 2010 in Crow Wing County, while still in prison on the 2006 conviction, he was sentenced to an additional 32 months prison, with credit for time served, and placed on 10 years conditional release after confinement for felony fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct with a victim 13 to 15 years old in an act that took place more than 48 months prior. 

According to the Department of Corrections, Lee has been in prison in Lino Lakes since June of 2006.

In its notification of Lee’s release, the sheriff’s department stated Lee is not wanted by police and has served the sentence imposed upon him by the court. The notification is not intended to increase fear in the community, the sheriff’s department reported, but law enforcement believes that an informed public is a safer public. 

Neither the sheriff’s department or Minnesota Department of Corrections can direct where an offender lives, works or goes to school.

An offender’s risk level is assigned based on their likelihood to re-offend, with Level 1 being the lowest and Level 3 being the highest.

Lee will be the third Level 3 predatory offender living in Cass County. 

MATT ERICKSON may be reached at or 855-5857.