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Two Level 3 sex offenders moving into the county

By Staff | Jul 1, 2018

Sarah Hustad of the Minnesota Department of Corrections addressed members of the Winnebago community during a meeting last Thursday concerning a Level 3 sex offender moving to the city on July 9.

On Thursday, June 28, with a large number of concerned citizens in attendance, a public meeting was held in the Winnebago Municipal Center to alert the community of a Level 3 predatory offender coming to the area. Robert Moreno Jr., will be released from prison on July 9, and will be moving to Winnebago.

According to documents provided by the Winnebago Public Safety Department, Moreno will be living in the vicinity of South Main Street and Fifth Avenue SW. He has a history of engaging in sexual contact with minor female victims between the ages of 7 and 19. Moreno, who is not wanted by the police at this time, has used force and threats to gain compliance with victims.

Community notification coordinator Sarah Hustad, who represents the Minnesota Department of Corrections, explained at the meeting that as of Jan. 1, 2018, a total of 17,644 predatory offenders already live within the state of Minnesota. In fact, a total of 50 citizens within Faribault County were required to register as predatory offenders as of June 26.

As Hustad shared, this data may fluctuate as citizens move in and out of communities. However, individuals who are charged or adjudicated, or convicted of criminal sexual conduct, any sexual conduct involving a minor, false imprisonment or kidnapping, are required to register as predatory offenders.

Address information, employment status, schooling, as well as vehicle information, must all be registered by these offenders. If an individual fails to stay current, or does not register this information with authorities, it is considered a felony in Minnesota. However, it is not until a predatory offender reaches Level 3 status that the public will be notified of his or her presence.

“Anytime any of that information changes, they have to register it with us. These people have always lived among us, and they always will,” Hustad said. “That’s information that law enforcement maintains for law enforcement purposes, so there are many more people required to register than we’re able to tell you about. I don’t say that to scare you, but I say that to educate the public to be aware about it,” she added.

After Hustad briefed the public, several Winnebago community members voiced their concerns regarding the presence of the Level 3 offender. However, the Winnebago Public Safety Department may not direct where Moreno Jr. resides, nor can the agency direct where he works or chooses to go to school.