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Sex offender hearing draws a crowd in BE

By Staff | Jan 18, 2015

A level three sex offender is registered as living in Blue Earth.

An informational meeting was held in the Blue Earth Fire hall last Wednesday night, educating community members on the individual moving to the area.

Sarah Hustad of the Minnesota Department of Corrections led the public meeting which was attended by more tha 40 community members.

Hustad explained the situation and what to be aware of after learning a sex offender was registered as living in Blue Earth.

Kenneth Dale Gay II, a 38-year-old, is now living in the vicinity of east Fifth Street and north Grove Street in Blue Earth.

Gay had moved to Blue Earth in 2013 but has only recently registered, causing the public meeting to be held by the Blue Earth Police Department.

He was convicted of 3rd degree criminal sexual conduct in 2007 and had a 48 month stayed prison sentence.

In this instance, Gay had contact with a 13-year-old who he had known.

Then in 2009 and 2012, Gay failed to register and he was released on those charges in May of 2013, after which he resided in Blue Earth.

He was convicted of criminal sexual conduct in the 5th degree in 2014 and then served jail time in the Faribault County Jail.

After his most recent release from jail, Gay was placed on intensive supervised release until May 31, 2023, and will be required to register as an offender for the rest of his life.

As part of Gay’s ISR, he must attend recommended treatment, no internet useage whatsoever, no contact with minors, no alcohol and maintain a full-time schedule.

Sean McMonagle, who is Gay’s supervision agent, told the crowd that he is paying random and unannounced visits to Gay at least four times a week.

“Our job is about public safety,”?McMonagle said.

Many citizens in attendance were concerned with how many times Gay has reoffended. Others were worried about his attendance at school functions and sporting events.

One audience member claimed to have seen Gay at a wrestling tournament last year.

“If he was at that tournament, he was not supposed to be and was a direct violation of his supervision,”?McMonagle said. “If we received information that he was there, I?would have him taken into custody immediately.”

If anyone has any questions about this meeting or sees any suspicious activity, contact the Blue Earth Police at (507) 526-5959.