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Editorial: Be vigilant about city’s Level 3 offenders, others

The Albert Lea Police Department released information Monday that a Level 3 predatory offender moved to the city last week.

The offender, Jabar Pedro Morarend, is not new to the community and has lived here several times in the past, though he has been in prison for a time after being convicted in 2018 of second-degree burglary. He has a history of other crimes, including assault and criminal sexual conduct. Police said he is expected to live on Frank Hall Drive, and though no community meeting is being held at this time, one was initially held when he moved to Albert Lea the first time.

With his return to the community, Freeborn County now has seven Level 3 offenders, according to the Minnesota Department of Corrections website at https://coms.doc.state.mn.us/PublicRegistrantSearch/.

Many of these people are originally from the area and returned here after completing their sentences or moved here because other family members live here.

A Level 3 classification is given to those offenders most likely to reoffend.

While some of these offenders have reoffended — in Morarend’s case it wasn’t another criminal sexual conduct case but a burglary connected with methamphetamine use — some have not.

People are subject to registration under Minnesota law before they are released from confinement in a Minnesota correctional facility or treatment facility.

Level 1 offenders have the lowest risk of reoffending, and Level 2 offenders have a moderate risk.

While law enforcement can notify the entire community when a Level 3 offender moves to the community or changes addresses, the same rules do not apply to Level 1 or Level 2 offenders.

For Level 1 offenders, police can notify victims and witnesses of a crime and other law enforcement when the offenders move, according to the Department of Corrections. For Level 2 offenders, police can notify victims, witnesses, other law enforcement and places where individuals who may become victims of the registrant are regularly found, based on the registrant’s history.

While the community must be vigilant regarding the Level 3 offenders who live here, it must also keep a close watch out for other offenders, too.

 

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The Editorial Board of the Albert Lea Tribune comprises Scott Schmeltzer, Tim Engstrom and Sarah Stultz.

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