UPDATE: Two moderate-risk Fargo sex offenders arrested, expecting baby together
FARGO –- Two moderate-risk Fargo sex offenders who skipped out on their registration and are expecting a baby together, were arrested Thursday night.
Denise Kelly Gerszewski, 31, and Wesley Owen Gee, 30, were arrested when one of them sought treatment at a hospital.
The two were listed as having lived at Centre Inc., 220 6th Ave. N., a transitional living facility.
That was until May 12, when Fargo Detective Mark Voigtschild contacted Centre and spoke with an employee there about the pair, according to court documents filed this week in Cass County District Court.
The employee told the detective Gee was transferred to Centre Inc.’s other location at 123 15th St. N. on April 3.
She said Gerszewski left Centre on May 7 and hadn’t been seen since. Gee left the 15th Street facility the day before, she told the detective.
Probation officer Sherrie Prochnow told the detective that Gerszewski was briefly booked into the Cass County Jail three days after her disappearance from the halfway house. Because she faced misdemeanor charges, Gerszewski was released 12 hours later.
According to court documents, Prochnow told the detective that Gerszewski is pregnant with Gee’s child.
Both have convictions of committing sex crimes against 16-year-olds they knew. They were male victims in both of Gerszewski’s cases, in 2010 and in 2011, and a female in Gee’s, in 2006.
Though both were still on sex offender probation at the time they absconded, Cass County prosecutor Tristan Van de Streek said they weren’t prohibited from being in romantic relationships.
“Not as long as they notify their probation officers,” he said.
Voigtschild said that out of the 198 registered sex offenders he’s responsible for tracking within the city, he knows of only one other couple who are in a romantic relationship.
James Thorpe and his wife, Renae, were issued a marriage license in Cook County, Ill., after each was convicted in different jurisdictions of sex crimes against opposite-sex teenage victims.
Like Gee and Gerszewski, the Thorpes are classified as moderate risk to reoffend.
Both Gee and Gerszewski were charged in Cass County District Court on Wednesday with one count of felony failure to register as a sex offender. Gee is required to register until 2032. Gerszewski is a lifetime registrant.
Arrest warrants were issued Thursday for both.
Voigtschild said it hasn’t been confirmed that Gerszewski is pregnant, and won’t be official until the child is born.
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