Morrison County completes annual registration of predatory offenders
The Morrison County Sheriff's Office, in cooperation with local police departments, announced Wednesday, Jan. 1, it had completed its annual Predatory Offender Registration for Morrison County.
“I feel it is extremely important that these people remain aware that we know who they are, and our office will continue to hold them accountable,” Morrison County Sheriff Shawn Larsen stated in a news release.
Each year the sheriff’s office organizes a verification check for all predatory offenders who are on the registry and residing within the county. During the most recent round of checks, multiple predatory offenders were checked in Morrison County.
All but one individual were found to be compliant with conditions imposed upon them. A 31-year-old man has charges pending through the Morrison County Attorney’s Office for failing to register his current address, which is a felony.
Fifty-one predatory offenders were checked by the Morrison County Sheriff’s Office, Pierz Police Department, Motley Police Department and Royalton Police Department. Of that number; 24 were Level 1 offenders, five were Level 2, one was Level 3 and 21 offenders were not assigned a risk level. Forty-eight predatory offenders were checked by the Little Falls Police Department, which are not part of the breakdown.
Minnesota began registering predatory offenders in 1991 and did not assign risk level until 1997. Only those offenders sentenced to prison and released after Jan. 1, 1997, have been assigned a risk level. Offenders sentenced to probation or juvenile offenders are not assigned a risk level. Level 1 offenders are those deemed by Department of Corrections officials as those least likely to re-offend while Level 3 offenders are considered most likely to re-offend.