The Marshall Police Department has been notified a level three sex offender intends to move to Marshall, Marshall Police Sgt. Paula Curry said.
Marshall Police will have a public meeting on the offender, his intent and to discuss community safety from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Monday in the Marshall Middle School Auditorium.
A level three sex offender is deemed by the Department of Corrections as more likely to offend again than other offenders classified as level two or one, Curry said.
Curry said this is the first level three offender notification the department has received in her 16 years as an officer.
The DOC does exit interviews before the person is released from prison, reviews the offender's criminal history and a number of other factors to determine the level of classification, Curry said.
Level one offenders are deemed least likely to re-offend and only law enforcement, victims and witnesses are notified of a pending release, Curry said.
We want the public to be informed and get informed firsthand. We want the public to ask questions...we don't want it to be a rumor mill.
- Sgt. Paula Curry
Level two offenders are of moderate risk to re-offend and law enforcement, victims, witnesses and agencies that work with populations that may be at risk are notified of a pending release, Curry said.
Level three offenders are deemed of higher risk to re-offend and law enforcement, victims, witnesses, agencies that work with populations that may be at risk and the general public are notified of a pending release, Curry said.
"Depending on the jurisdiction, say if it was Minneapolis or St. Paul, only the neighborhood would be notified," Curry said. "Being this community is small, we did a city-wide notification."
The DOC can address questions about offender classification and evaluation and other issues at Monday's meeting, Curry said.
"We want the public to be informed and get informed firsthand," Curry said. "We want the public to ask questions...we don't want it to be a rumor mill. This is not something where we want misinformation that could damage an innocent person or misinformation about the (offender) that is unwanted and damaging," Curry said.
Curry did have the name of the offender who said he intends to move to Marshall but did not yet have the date of birth or other information from the DOC.
The Independent will not use the offender's name until the age and other identifying information is available.
Curry said that information should come from the DOC today.
The offender's age, name, sentence, proximity to residences and other information would be available at the public meeting.
The Citizen's Academy session which was scheduled for Monday has been postponed to Oct. 5 because of the public information meeting.