Level III sex offender moves into rural Monticello

Lawrence Andrew Cooper (Photo Courtesy Wright County Sheriff’s Department)
Lawrence Andrew Cooper
(Photo Courtesy Wright County Sheriff’s Department)

A Level 3 sex offender has moved into a residence in the 2900 block of Highway 37 N.E. in Monticello, the Wright County Sheriff’s Office recently reported.
Lawrence Andrew Cooper, 29, has a history of sexual contact with male and female victims ages 4 to 7.
According to a fact sheet released by the sheriff’s office, Cooper began living at the rural address March 15.
A Level III classification means state officials have determined an offender has the highest risk of reoffending.
The Minnesota Department of Corrections (DOC) is legally required to notify the general public of the location of Level III sex offenders, who have been determined by a panel of experts to be more likely to re-offend than Level I or Level II sex offenders.
The law strictly forbids telling these people where they can and cannot live. They can buy a home or rent like anyone else, but they are under intense supervision. The DOC is legally required to notify the general public of the location of Level III sex offenders, who have been determined by a panel of experts to be more likely to re-offend than Level I or Level II sex offenders.
In addition to Level II notification to establishments and organizations that primarily serve individuals likely to be victimized  by the offender, local law enforcement may notify other members of the community.
The law strictly forbids telling offenders where they can and cannot live. They can buy a home or rent like anyone else, but they are under intense supervision.
Cooper is not wanted by the police at this time and has served the sentence imposed on him/her by the court. This notification is not intended to increase fear in the community.
Law enforcement believes that an informed public is a safer public. Sgt. Eric Leander with the Wright County Sheriff’s Office said the notification is meant to provide information and alleviate fear, not create it. In an email, Leander said the most important factor to consider is that people who commit sex crimes have always lived in our communities. Minnesota statutes allow local law enforcement  to inform citizens of an offender’s whereabouts.
The Wright County Sheriff’s Office may be reached at 763-682-7600.  To report criminal activity by this offender or any other individual, please call 911.