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Sex offender residing in Delavan raises concerns

Residents pack Level 3 sex offender hearing

September 7, 2014
by Lacey Sawatzky - Register Staff Writer (lsawatzky@faribaultcountyregister.com) , Faribault County Register

More than 75 concerned Delavan residents packed into an old classroom at DHS, Inc. last Wednesday night, Sept. 3, for a notification meeting for a level three sex offender moving into town.

The 24-year-old, level three sex offender Cody Rachuy was convicted of false imprisonment in Blue Earth County in 2010 and has been living in Mankato since he was released. However he will be residing in Delavan as of this month.

The 2010 incident occurred with a female victim he had met the same day. Force and a weapon were used to gain compliance. "He is on intensive supervised release right now,"?Sarah Hustad of the Minnesota Department of Corrections said.

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Intensive Supervised Release (ISR) is a program for high-risk offenders who have been released from prison. The program includes house arrest, electronic monitoring, 40 hours of mandatory constructive activity per week and treatment.

Level three offenders are to remain on ISR until they have reached expiration of their sentence.

In Rachuy's case, he will reach that expiration in October which raised many concerns with residents at the hearing.

"Cody will continue on probation until 2017,"?his supervision agent Kirsten Isaksson said. "He will still have rules to follow."

Some residents voiced their concerns about his monitoring ending so quickly after his move into Delavan.

"These cases are watched and looked at very closely,"?Hustad said.

Although many people appeared uncertain at the hearing, there were three people in attendance who spoke on Rachuy's behalf.

"Cody's made some really crappy decisions,"?his community integration support person said. "He's applied for treatment and is taking the steps he needs to be taking. He's more positive about his future than he's ever been."

Another individual spoke about Rachuy's character stating he has known him for a number of years and added that Rachuy is young and has made mistakes.

"There isn't a single one of us in here that is a saint,"?another woman added. "Take away the nasty labels of being a monster and give him a chance."

Rachuy will have to register as a sex offender until October 2021.

Hustad concluded by saying that if any residents are concerned, notice anything suspicious or have any questions about this or any other individual, call the Faribault County Sheriff's Office at (507) 526-5148.

 
 

 

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