Level 3 sex offender moving to rural Monticello address

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James Anthony Sandberg

A Risk Level 3 sex offender is moving into a residence in the 2900 block of Highway 37 N.E. in Monticello, according to information released by the Wright County Sheriff’s Office.

James Anthony Sandberg, 30.  has a history of has a history of sexual contact with victims, females, ages 8 to 15. His contact with victims included penetration. Sandberg gained compliance through coercion, physical force, and drugging the beverage of one 15-year old victim. Sandberg was known to his victims.

According to a fact sheet released by the sheriff’s office, Sandberg will begin living at the rural address today (Thursday, March 27) after he is released from custody.

The Buffalo Police Department and Wright County Sheriff’s Office originally
investigated Sandberg’s case.

A Level 3 classification means state officials have determined an offender has the highest risk of re-offending.

The Minnesota Department of Corrections (DOC) is legally required to notify the general public of the location of Level 3 sex offenders who have been determined by a panel of experts to be more likely to re-offend than Level 1 or Level 2 sex offenders.

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 3 sex offenders.

In addition to Level 2 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.

Sandberg is not wanted by the police at this time and has served the sentence imposed on him 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.

The Wright County Sheriff’s Office said this most recent Level 3 sex offender notification is meant to provide information and alleviate fear, not create it. Minnesota statutes allow local law enforcement to inform citizens of an offender’s whereabouts.

The Wright County Sheriff’s Office is available to provide information on personal safety and may be reached at 763-682-7600. To report criminal activity by this offender or any other individual, please call 911.

Contact Tim Hennagir at tim.hennagir@ecm-inc.com

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