Seward Neighborhood Sex Offender

Let’s say you screw up and get arrested for something. How long should that be on your record? Chances are, you’re thinking, “as short as possible” or “when I’m done serving my time.” Both seem logical.

So how would you feel if you were still getting beat down for something after serving your time?

That’s the nature of sex offenses these days. I have no idea of their recidivism rate is higher than that for other crimes, but the public reaction to the crimes is enough to make people have a hard time moving on.

I’m torn on whether this is news or not, so I’m going to compromise a bit.

A sex offender who’s served his time based on a crime he committed in 1996 is moving into the Seward Neighborhood to the 2400 block of 26th Ave S. I’m not going to mention his name here since it would likely appear in the top-10 results on Google if I did so, which could effect his chances of landing a job. if you care to learn more, just look up the case or shoot me an email for the deets.

He is by no means a perfect person. The crime he was convicted of is burglarizing a home, then having sexual contact with a 17 year old girl in the home he was ripping off. That’s bad on top of bad. It sounds like he also assaulted another girl and his underage sister before he turned 18.

He hasn’t been under “supervision” status since 2002, but has to register with the state through 2012.

So now he’s moving in a block from Matthew’s Park. Minneapolis, being Minneapolis, is the kind of city where everywhere is within blocks of a park. Hopefully, this guy has his life straightened out now.

Here’s a map for those who aren’t familiar with the area. The address isn’t necessarily 2400, but that’s the block.

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5 thoughts on “Seward Neighborhood Sex Offender”

  1. The likelihood of re-offending depends on what level the sex offender is given. Level 3 is considered very likely to re-offend. My neighborhood has a halfway house for ex-cons and we typically have 3 or 4 level 3 sex offenders living a block away. Most sex offenders victimize friends or family members. It is rare that they victimize strangers.

    I used to go to every single meeting alerting neighbors of the newest sex offender. They turned out to be more or less the same. Now I just look for fliers so I can see who they are.

  2. “The likelihood of re-offending depends on what level the sex offender is given.”

    Mor accurately, the level the sex offender is given depends on the offender’s liklyhood to reoffend. Upon release from prison, the sex offender has to go through some programs, talking with various therapists and law enforcement offcials, who determine, based on his behavior, acceptance to therapy, and past offenses, whether they should be a level 1,2, or 3. They don’t just pull the numbers out of thin air. If this guy already has 2 sex offenses on his record, it’s more likely the will re-offend.

    An important thing to consider–sex offenses are different than other offenses. Most other offense are committed for money or gain, while sex offenses are committed due to lust or power, often uncontrollable.
    In many cases, the sex offense laws are a bit off–a kid having consensual sex with his 17 year old girlfriend, could be forced to register for 10 years. Many of our level 1 offender have this type of incident on their sheet.
    If an offender has more than one offense, including a home invasion rape, no less, everyone in the immdeidate area should be made aware of his presence. In this particular case the law is spot on.

  3. I suspect that we generally take the fear of sex offenders a little too far. It is especially concerning to see someone who committed statutory rape as a young adult being branded for decades as a sex offender.

    As a parent living less than 4 blocks from Matthews Park, I have to admit I’m a little concerned about this sex offender moving in nearby. Especially because his past crime did involve breaking in and having sexual contact with a girl.

    He has now done his time and should be allowed to live where he chooses. I hope that this is behind him and that his life is in order or getting there. I’m just glad that I know that he’s in the neighborhood and that I need to be aware for the safety of my daughters.

    We should keep this all in perspective though. We can assume that there are unconvicted or unregistered sex offenders in our neighborhoods already and that we should take normal precautions.

  4. The best thing to do is introduce yourself to this guy. You get to see him face to face and he knows that you know who he is. You don’t have to be offensive or abusive at all and you are not being agressive.

    People make mistakes, some pretty screwed up ones true, but people can change. If we continue to make it impossible for sex offenders to return to society then they will have nothing to lose and the most dangerous person is one who has nothing to lose.

    90% of new offenses come from people that we know but who are not on the list. Due diligence for our children means that we teach them what to do to protect themselves.

    There are people that need to be watched and we need to find a way to ensure that those most likely to re-offend are closely supervised while the ones that have gone years without problems be given some slack.

    However, I am firm in my belief that everyone gets a second chance, but not two. If they re-offend sexually then they should get life in prison.

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