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One attends predatory offender meeting in FF

Published 11:13am Tuesday, February 18, 2014

One community member attended the community notification meeting Monday evening at the Fergus Falls Police Department regarding a Level 3 predatory offender who is being released today and moving to Fergus Falls.

Gregory Michael Keppers, 23, will be the fourth Level 3 predatory offender to reside in Fergus Falls. He will move to town today and will reside in the 700 block of East Junius Avenue in Fergus Falls.

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.

Keppers’ criminal history includes sexual contact with girls ages 14-17. Force was used to gain compliance. In 2008, he was convicted in Wadena County in two separate cases, each for third-degree criminal sexual conduct with a teenage female victim. He was sentenced to a stayed prison term of 36 months and to probation time.

He was charged in 2010 with lewd and lascivious conduct in Wadena County. This charge was dismissed in conjunction with the executed prison sentence from the 2008 offenses.

Keppers was sentenced to 48 months in prison in 2012 in Otter Tail County for third-degree criminal sexual conduct. He was known to his victims in all cases.

In 60 percent of offenses, the victim and offender are acquaintances, said Michael Schommer, of the Minnesota Department of Corrections.

“These are people that we know and trust that are abusing our children,” Schommer said.

Keppers is not wanted by police and has served his criminal sentence.

He will be under correctional supervision for life and required to register as a sex offender for life.

“Once we know who they are, they tend not to re-offend,” Schommer said. “The veil of secrecy is lifted.”

Minnesota has 17,500 registered predatory offenders, as of Jan. 1, according to Schommer. Locally, 161 of those offenders live in Otter Tail County and 72 in Fergus Falls.

In nearby counties, Becker has 128 predatory offenders, Douglas County with 104, Todd County with 88 and Wadena County with 60.

Police released the information about Keppers 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.

“If you see anything suspicious, please call law enforcement,” Schommer said.

Anyone with general questions about Keppers or other predatory offenders should contact the Fergus Falls Police Department at 332-5555.

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