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Eagan's Single Level III Sex Offender Not 'Banned' By City

A Star Tribune study found uneven distribution in where offenders live in Minnesota, despite a law meant to spread out their places of residences across the state.

Eagan doesn't have an ordinance restricting where Level III sex offenders can live—but neither do most cities in the state, and only one such offender is living in Eagan.

Eight cities in Minnesota have "essentially banned" Level III sex offenders from taking up residence, according to the Star Tribune.

Those cities have restrictive local ordinances that work against a Minnesota law intended to spread out the state's population of Level III sex offenders. Instead, the offenders are concentrated in a few areas, such as north Minneapolis, the newspaper reported: 

Nearly 300 of Minnesota’s most dangerous sex offenders now live outside confinement, and more than half of them are residing in only a few neighborhoods in Minneapolis and St. Paul, a Star Tribune analysis of state records shows.

That saturation is occurring despite a state law that requires authorities who supervise newly released sex offenders to avoid concentrating them in any community. ... In both Minneapolis and St. Paul, frustrated leaders are calling for tougher laws that would result in wider dispersal of the riskiest sex offenders.

Read the full article at startribune.com.

Where Offenders Are
Eagan has one Level III sex offender living on Bluestone Lane, according to the map. Burnsville and Savage are also home to a Level III offender. There were 289 in Minnesota as of last week, the newspaper reported.

The Minnesota Department of Corrections maintains a public online database on Level III Sex Offenders that allows searches by location.

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