Police: Sex offender moving to Marshall

MARSHALL — The Marshall Police Department is inviting members of the public to an informational meeting Thursday, regarding a predatory offender moving to Marshall.

A news release from the MPD said the informational meeting will be held at 6 p.m. at the Marshall Middle School theater.

Marshall Police said James Dahlager, 36, a Level 3 registered predatory offender, will be moving to Marshall as of February 2. Dahlager has served a court sentence and is transitioning into the community, Marshall Police said. Police said. Dahlager will be under GPS monitoring, as well as intense supervision by local police and Minnesota Department of Corrections agents, Police said.

Minnesota online court records said Dahlager was convicted of attempted second degree criminal sexual conduct in Brown County in 2000. According to press coverage in the Prior Lake American newspaper in 2007, Dahlager’s past offenses included a history of sexual contact with two girls, ages 3 and 12.

Dahlager received media coverage in Prior Lake after he moved to the community in 2007, the Prior Lake American reported. An offender notification meeting had been scheduled for Dahlager, but he was then arrested for robbery charges, the Prior Lake American reported. Dahlager was convicted of multiple charges of robbery in several Minnesota counties in 2007, according to court records.

A Minnesota state law, the Community Notification Act, requires law enforcement to notify the public that a person registered as a Level 3 predatory offender is moving to a community. Minnesota has three levels assigned to offenders who have to register as predatory offenders. A Level 3 offender is considered a higher risk than a Level 1 or Level 2 offender, according to the Minnesota Department of Corrections.

Thursday’s public meeting is meant to raise awareness, and not to increase fear in the community, Police said. Using the information shared at the meeting to threaten, harass or intimidate a registered offender could be charged as a crime. Marshall Police said that kind of abuse could possibly end law enforcement’s ability to have public information meetings on offenders.

Marshall Police said more information can be found online, at https://coms.doc/state/mn.us/publicregistrantsearch.