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.

  • Katrina Salo

    I am glad that offenders have to list where they live. As a mom I want to do everything I can to protect my kids, and unfortunately I am too well aware that the people who normally prey upon little children are trusted by the family. This way these offenders cannot sneak their way into kids lives. Most people don’t stop to think about the fact that most offenders don’t want to get caught so they most likely aren’t going to just snatch their kids, they will do it right under their nose. The best advice I can give to any parent as a survivor to such abuse is don’t just let anyone walk into your children’s lives and just trust them. Create a safe environment for your kids, educate yourself on sexual abuse and then watch your kids for cues as to when and how much you should educate them. Proper education cannot always stop it from happening but it can stop it from continuing!

    Furthermore; because I am a mom who wishes to protect my kids, it drives me crazy when people harass offenders because it makes it harder for me to do just that. Offenders drop off the map and quit reporting, the focus is taken off of the child who needs help and placed on the offender, and is just plain old counterproductive in my opinion.

  • Greg Braedo

    As a father I am very glad they post info about sex offenders, I really wish they would also publish murderers, people with multiple weapons charge, and people with a violent history of offences as well… would make it a lot easyer to know whom and whom not to borrow your lawn mower, or tools, or whatever else have you to.

  • julie drummond

    I too am glad they let people in general know of these offenders being amongst us in our communities. We can not protect our children or ourselves if we are not aware. I, as a victim of such a crime, am very protective but at the same time I have to say harassing these offenders only makes the authorities job harder. The offenders will simply stop reporting thier locations and convert to running and hiding instead and then no one is the wiser to where they are. As citizens our best option is be aware and keep an eye on them.

  • http://level3sexoffendersinournieghborhoods katherine anderson

    I am apreciative to the laws that make sex offenders register what nieghborhood they live when they come from prison ,cause you never know who is a petafile and prediter,that likes little girls and boys, it could be your nieghbor ,your kids coach,your priest or pastor,one of your childrens teachers ,a close relative even,thanks you for the laws !!!

  • jenna

    I believe that if a panel decided that they are more likely to offend again why give them the opportunity. As a mom its hard to find daycare that u truly don’t have to worry and honestly trust who’s taking care of your child. Thats my opinion

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