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Community Informed on Sex Offender Release

Thursday, March 4th, 2010 at 7:08 am

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A public meeting was held Wednesday night at Pine City High School to inform residents of a sex offender who is moving to the area.

Howard Lawrence Wanna, 33, is scheduled to be released on March 10th and will live in Pine City.  According to Pine County Sheriff’s records, Wanna is serving time for sexual contact with 13-year-old girls.  This is the second time Wanna will be released as a level three sex offender, according to corrections agents.

Wanna’s registered address in on Holly Road in Rural Pine City.

Department of Corrections Community Education and Notification Coordinator Patricia Moen gave a presentation to the group .  She said that community notification meetings are held only for sex offenders who are released from state or federal prison.

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Howard Wanna

Wanna is on Intensive Supervised Release (ISR).  He will remain on ISR until he successfully completes the four phases of the program.  Phase one includes a minimum four face-to-face contacts per week.  The first phase also includes house arrest and a minimum 90 days on a GPS monitoring unit.

Phase two requires a minimum of two face-to-face contacts per week and one weekly contact during phase three.  During the final phase, correction agents will have face-to-face contact with the offender twice per month.

If Wanna violates conditions of his release during his probation period, he can be arrested and taken to jail.

Agents at the Wednesday’s meeting said there are several special conditions for Wanna including not being allowed to use the internet, or video game systems with internet capabilities like an XBOX.  He is also not to enter any establishment that sells adult materials or alcohol. and his can not have contact with minors without the consent of corrections agents.

One agent who has worked with Wanna in the past said at the meeting that it is  “probably likely” he will stay in Pine City for the long term.  There will be another community notification meeting if he moves again.

According to numbers from the Minnesota Department of Corrections, about 1,100 offenders are served annually on ISR across Minnesota.

Moen said there are about 109 registered offenders in Pine County.  She said that compares to 107 in Chisago County and 55 in Kanabec County.

More information on sex offenders in Minnesota can be found at www.doc.state.mn.us

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