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Published March 11, 2013, 05:38 PM

High-Risk Sex Offender Moves to Crookston

Crookston Police are alerting people that a level three sex offender has moved into the city. It's the first high-risk sex offender that's moved there since Dru Sjodin's convicted killer moved there 10 years ago.

By: David Schwab, WDAZ

Crookston Police are alerting people that a level three sex offender has moved into the city. It's the first high-risk sex offender that's moved there since Dru Sjodin's convicted killer moved there 10 years ago.

Originally from Fosston, Dean Melvin Johnson served 18 months in prison after being found guilty of 16 counts of having child pornography in 2008. Johnson was released from prison today and will be housed at the Corrections Center in Crookston until he finds a job and has housing.

Lieutenant Gene Wisness says he is a little surprised that there hasn't been more attention from people after a community meeting was held to notify the public that Johnson will be living and working in Crookston.

Wisness: "The attention level doesn't seem to be very high, maybe there has been enough time since the Rodriguez case."

Johnson was convicted of possession of numerous images of child pornography on his computer. The victims were females, approximately ten years old. Though Johnson was never charged with having physical contact with any minor, the department of corrections will be watching him closely.

Johnson's parole includes not having contact with anyone under the age of 18. The supervision will last for the next three and a half years,

Johnson will also have to under go sexual offender, chemical dependency and anger management treatment.

Minnesota law leaves it up to cities to restrict where sex offenders can live and the city of Crookston doesn't have any restrictions, but the Department of Corrections does have to approve where he can live and work.

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