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Published June 16, 2010, 10:07 PM

MN BCA Asks for Public's Help

For the first time, the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is using the media and social networking to ask for the public's help to find non-compliant sex offenders.

By: Meagan Millage, WDAZ

For the first time, the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is using the media and social networking to ask for the public's help to find non-compliant sex offenders.

A list of 15 offenders was released yesterday, three were listed in Bemidji, one in Warroad, and one in East Grand Forks.

The BCA is concentrating on 9 counties in Northern Minnesota. The list of 15 does not contain any level three offenders- which are the most likely to re-offend.

They have been convicted of a range of sex crimes, kidnapping, or false-imprisonment.

There are currently 427 non-complying predatory offenders in Minnesota. Two of them are in East Grand Forks.

Deandre Bratton is on the list of 15 with a last known address on Gateway Drive NW. He became listed as non-compliant when he left his address without notifying the police department in December 2008.

"I don't think Mr. Bratton is here, at least in town here, because the fact that I don't think he had any ties here. And he came originally from the city of Minneapolis where his offense conviction was," Sergeant Chris Olson with the East Grand Forks Police Department says.

The BCA says they are concentrating on 9 counties in Northern Minnesota with offenders whose leads have dried up.

The list with pictures was released yesterday, and one has already been found.

"Oh, very much positive. The BCA agent that developed this is out of Grand Rapids and she contacted me, and I think it's a great tool. It'd be nice if they took a section every month and publish it maybe," Sergeant Olson says.

To be compliant under Minnesota law, predatory offenders need to register and provide information to the BCA about their addresses, employment, and vehicles they own or operate.

"You know all it takes is someone just to leave their residence and not notify either probation or law enforcement and they're non-compliant," Sergeant Olson says.

A felony warrant was filed on June 10th for the second non-compliant offender from East Grand Forks. He is not part of the BCA's list. His name is Randell James Allen and his last known residence was at the Douglas Place in East Grand Forks.

The list with pictures can be found on the Minnesota Department of Public Safety's website and through the link on our website at WDAZ.com.

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