DARWIN, MN – As part of the community notification law, the Meeker County Sheriff’s Office is hosting a meeting at Darwin City Hall 7 p.m. Thursday regarding a level three sex offender having recently moved into the area.
The Meeker County Sheriff’s Office was recently notified by the Minnesota Department of Corrections that Jeffrey Alan Truelson, 44, has changed his address from Ellsworth Township to the City of Darwin.
Truelson is not wanted by law enforcement, and has served his sentence, according to Meeker County Sheriff Jeff Norlin.
The Meeker County Sheriff’s Office encourages anyone with any questions to attend the public meeting at 7 p.m., Nov. 4 at Darwin City Hall, located at 305 East Curran Street, Darwin.
Sex offender notification law
Sex offenders are ranked on a scoring system from one to three, with three having the highest risk of reoffending, according to Norlin.
Minnesota’s predatory offender community notification law requires law enforcement to share certain information about the offender based on risk level, according to the state statute.
Since this law went into effect in the late ‘90s, Meeker County has had three situations when they were required to inform the public based on this law, according to Norlin.
A level one offender is explained as a low-level offender, who has a very low risk of reoffense, Norlin said, and information about such offenders is not public.
A level two offender has a moderate risk of reoffense and information released about this level offender is specific to the crime committed.
A level three offender is at the highest risk level of reoffense and therefore, all information is made public when the offender moves into a new community, according to Norlin. It was noted that an exact address cannot be disclosed.
Details regarding the law and this specific offender will be addressed at the meeting Thursday at 7 p.m. at Darwin City Hall.
For more information about the law and to see a predatory offender registry by county, visit the MN Department of Corrections website at www.doc.state.mn.us.