Homeless Sex Offender In Barnum Township
27-year-old Kenneth Lee Nelson has 200 Barnum area residents concerned about his Level 3 sex registered predatory offender and homeless status. Level 3 status sex offenders are considered most likely to reoffend and the fact that he’s homeless does not ease anyone’s mind considering Nelson is listed as homeless and has set up camp on County Rd 138 near Haning Horn Lake. According to authorities, last week he decided he would be homeless in Barnum Township instead of his original plan of moving to a residence in Moose Lake.
There are no laws that prohibit sex offenders from being classified as homeless, but they are required to physically report to law enforcement one a week. At a meeting with Barnum area residents on Monday, Michele Murphy of the Minnesota Department of Corrections gave a presentation about sex offenders and about Nelson’s profile.
At the age of 17, Nelson was convicted in Ramsey County of third-degree criminal sexual conduct after approaching a woman in a public park, restraining her, and raping her. At the time, he was sentanced to probabtion but ended up serving more than 7 years in prision after failing to succomb to one of the conditions of the charge. Nelson was released from prison last November and must comply with the state’s Level 3 Predatory offender registry, but other than that has the same rights as any citizen.
For more information about offenders and community notification, visit www.doc.state.mn.us