Mn. Residents Worried About Sex Offender Release


Kyle Baumgarten of Hastings, Mn., wanted to know as much as he could about Darrin Scott Rick, possibly the city’s first Level 3 sex offender, says the Minneapolis Star Tribune. Said Baumgarten, 28, a father of three: “He shouldn’t be in a position where there is a lot of temptation.” More than 200 people filled the Hastings High School auditorium last night to discuss the possibility of Rick coming to town. Rick, 37, has not yet arrived to live with his mother, but authorities are required by law to notify residents about the whereabouts of a Level 3 sex offender–those considered the highest risk to commit sex crimes again.

Hennepin County Attorney Amy Klobuchar believes Rick should remain in the sex offender program at a secure hospital. “This is someone who has sexually assaulted five juveniles and we believe he meets the standards (for commitment) and he shouldn’t be out in the community,” Klobuchar said. Warren Maas of the Hennepin County Commitment Defense Project said Rick will have somebody watching him for many years. “The belief that every sex offender needs to be housed in a secure facility is wrong, hugely expensive to taxpayers and grossly unfair to people who are redeemable such as Mr. Rick,” Maas said. “He deserves this chance. It’s not like they’re opening the gates and letting him walk free.”


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