Dozen at predatory offender meeting in Fergus Falls MondayPublished 11:38am Tuesday, November 5, 2013
More than a dozen people turned out for the community notification meeting Monday evening at the Fergus Falls Police Department regarding two Level 3 predatory offenders who’ve moved to Fergus Falls.
“This is a topic that can be very disturbing to some,” said Michael Schommer, of the Minnesota Department of Corrections.
Level 3 is considered the higher risk when it comes to predatory offenders. There are 301 predatory offenders at this level living in Minnesota communities. Anthony Dale Randklev and George Joseph Hecker are two of those who were just released Sunday and have moved to Fergus Falls.
Randklev, 35, is listed as homeless in Fergus Falls, with a secondary address listed in the 100 block of South Broadway. So even though he’s listed as homeless, police still know a general area of where to locate Randklev, according to Lt. Terry Eldien.
Randklev was sentenced in 2007 in Otter Tail County to 72 months in prison for kidnapping and second-degree assault. He kidnapped an adult female acquaintance and engaged in sexual contact with the victim, gaining compliance through the use of force and threats of bodily harm.
Randklev is not under correctional supervision but is required to register as a predatory offender until Nov. 3, 2023.
Hecker, 39, will reside in the 700 block of East Junius Avenue. His criminal history includes two convictions in 1995 in McLeod County for third-degree criminal sexual conduct with the same teenage female victim. He was sentenced to probation for the first incident and to 27 months in prison for the second case.
Hecker was sentenced to 34 months in prison in 2004 in McLeod County for second-degree criminal sexual conduct involving a 6-year-old girl. In 2010, he was sentenced in Otter Tail County to 74 months in prison for possession of child pornography.
Hecker will be under the highest level of correctional supervision in Minnesota until November 2025. His list of supervision conditions includes items such as no social media, no internet, no contact with minors and comply with electronic surveillance. He’s required to register as a predatory offender until Nov. 3, 2053.
Both men are not wanted by police and have served their criminal sentences.
“They have a right to live here free of harassment,” Schommer said. “We don’t want to create fear. We don’t want to create harassment.”
Minnesota has more than 17,000 registered predatory offenders. Locally, 161 of those live in Otter Tail County and 72 in Fergus Falls. Those local numbers drew an audible “wow” from one community member during the presentation Monday night.
In nearby counties, Becker has 128 predatory offenders, Douglas County with 104, Todd County with 88 and Wadena County with 60.
“Once they’re caught, they tend not to reoffend, but it’s typically not their first time,” Schommer said.
Police released the information about Randklev and Hecker to the community pursuant to Minnesota Statute 244.052. The statute authorizes law enforcement to inform the public of a sexual or predatory offender’s release from prison or a secure treatment facility.
Schommer provided information sheets and offered tips on how community members can help in regard to incidents with predatory offenders.
Anyone with general questions about these predatory offenders should contact the Fergus Falls Police Department at 332-5555.