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N.D. upgrading sex-offender registration and notification process with federal aid

By Staff | Aug 1, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The North Dakota Office of the Attorney General will receive more than $30,000 from the U.S. Department of Justice for the implementation of the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA), U.S. Rep. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D., said Monday. The funding will be utilized to develop and enhance programs outlined in the SORNA portion of the Adam Walsh Act.

“The implementation of sex offender registry programs at the state level is a critical part of our defense against these horrific crimes,” Cramer said in a release.

SORNA established a comprehensive national system for the registration of sex offenders to prevent children and adults from sexual exploitation and violent crime, prevent child abuse, and promote internet safety.

– Office of U.S. Dept. of Justice

Area registered sex offenders

The following sex offenders are registered in our area, according to sexoffender.nd.gov, a site through the North Dakota Office of Attorney General, and information from the Pierce County Sheriff’s Office. The site allows visitors to search by municipality and within a five-mile radius of an address. Results include incarcerated and non-incarcerated. The site is updated as cases are processed. The site also includes delinquent (non-registered) individuals.

According to the site, the state has 1974 offenders either registered or delinquent.

Rugby: Brian Francis Brossart, 201 Territorial Dr., moderate risk level; Thomas H Daniels Jr., (delinquent) 502 2nd St. SW, high risk level; Louis Andrew Davenport, 110 Industrial Road (jail), risk level undetermined; Derek Michael DeCoteau, 110 Industrial Road (jail), high risk level; Nathan W. Fehl Haber, 110 Industrial Road (jail), moderate risk level; Brett Alfred Ganje, 314 5th St. SE, moderate risk level; Peter Lynn Mcking, 110 Industrial Road (jail), moderate risk level; Raymond John Uhlenkamp, 502 2nd 1/2 Ave. SE, low risk level; Jason Edward Vetsch, 215 HWY 2 W, low risk level; Lori Ann Voeller, 209 N. Main Ave., risk level not applicable; James Michael Weaver, 110 Industrial Road (jail), risk level undetermined.

Towner: Robert Earl Rice, 6525 Center Ave. N, low risk level.

Leeds: Justin Robert Bracken, 6113 62nd Ave. NE, moderate risk level.

Maddock: Verdane Russell Georgeson, 108 3rd St., low risk level; Rodger Alfred Sogge, 4316 56th Ave. NE, moderate risk level.

Willow City: Boau Derek Frederick, 145 Main St., moderate risk level.

The state’s risk level descriptions:

High: Statistically the most likely to commit another sexual offense, high risk offenders have typically committed more than one offense, have refused to engage in sex offender treatment, or have engaged in behaviors that contribute to an elevated level of risk.

Moderate: Moderate risk offenders score higher on actuarial tools than those in the low risk category, but may not constitute a significant threat to all members of the public. Community notification is “targeted” towards those who fall in a similar victim class as a previous victim of the offender.

Low: Statistically the least like to commit another sexual offense, low risk offenders have typically only committed one offense, have completed sexual offender treatment, or have been in the community for a number of years without reoffending.

Undetermined – To make use of the most accurate and current information, risk levels are not assigned until a few months prior to an offenders release from prison. For offenders that come to North Dakota from another state or the federal prison system, it may take several weeks to gather the necessary records, assign the risk level, and provide the offender a due process hearing. Offenders whose risk level has not yet been assigned are classified as “undetermined”.

Not Applicable – Offenders against children, who have not yet committed a sexually-related offense, do not get assigned a risk level. There are no actuarial tools that predict recidivism for these offenders.

– Tribune Staff Report

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