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Morrison County conducts predatory offender registry checks

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LITTLE FALLS — There are more than 100 Morrison County residents on the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension predatory offender registry, reported the Morrison County Sheriff Michel Wetzel in an email release.

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Wetzel said the county, in cooperation with each local police department in the county, completed their annual verification checks on each registered sex offender in the county.

Wetzel said there are a total of 111 predatory offenders on the registry, with the vast majority of them on risk level I, least likely to reoffend, or have not been assigned a risk level.

“Only one offender is at risk level III, the most likely to reoffend,” said Wetzel. “And that individual was arrested and charged after our check revealed he failed to notify us of his address change.”

Wetzel said three other offenders also will be charged after the checks found them to be out of compliance with their release conditions.

Wetzel said all offenders on the registry are checked annually. In addition, level II offenders are checked twice per year and level III offenders are checkedwfour times per year.

“It is important that we keep tabs on these people, and remind them they remain on our radar screen,” said Wetzel.

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