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Published August 31, 2011, 07:56 AM

Recently released Moorhead sex offender speaks

Moorhead, MN (WDAY TV) - A high risk sex offender, convicted of brutally raping a teenage girl is back living in Moorhead after being released from prison early.

By: Travis Skonseng, WDAY

A high risk sex offender, convicted of brutally raping a teenage girl is back living in Moorhead after being released from prison early. Tonight, he speaks exclusively to WDAY 6 News. The felon telling us the community shouldn't worry he'll rape again.

Danny Coleman was sentenced to 12 years in prison for the 2003 attack. After only serving 8 years, the sex offender was released today. We caught up with him moments after being back in society.

Convicted rapist Danny Coleman is settling in to his new home at 1902 1st Avenue South in Moorhead. The 46 year old felon is feeling talkative, but camera shy.

Danny Coleman – Convicted Rapist: “I'm glad to be out in rehabilitation.”

Only our cameras captured the scene as parole supervisors left his property. The predatory rapist, now on his own a free man.

Danny Coleman: “I gave society my time, you know. I learned, you know. I can't say too much.”

Back in 2003, Coleman knocked on random doors of a south Moorhead neighborhood. A 13 year old girl opened one of them. He then forcefully choked and sexually assaulted her.

Lt. Tory Jacobson – Moorhead Police Department: “Being made appraised of his presence here, we'll be monitoring that as well.”

Micky Trotti is Coleman's closest neighbor. She lives across the street, with her younger sister.

Micky Trotti – Neighbor: “I can take care of myself but my little sister can't. She will not be outside alone anymore definitely.”

The 17 year old is hearing the unsettling news for the first time that a high risk sex offender is nearby.

Micky Trotti: “So he just moved in today?”

She walks past his house everyday to work and school.

Micky Trotti: “That's bad. That's terribly close.”

What may be even more startling, you can clearly see Coleman's house from Trotti's high school parking lot only about a quarter mile away.

Danny Coleman: “I know I'm a level three but me myself I see that I'm no threat.”

Coleman is not to have contact with minors or drink alcohol. He'll be on GPS and supervised probation with the Department of Corrections for five years. Parole agents can show up anytime, anywhere to check up on him or do random drug alcohol tests. Coleman's criminal history includes theft, trespassing, and drug charges.

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