Level 3 sex offender moving into Silver Creek Township address

A Level 3 sex offender is moving into a residence in the north half of Silver Creek Township, according to a notification released by the Wright County Sheriff’s Office.

Antonio Carl Harris (Photo Courtesy Wright County Sheriff’s Office)

Antonio Carl Harris, 28, has served the sentence imposed on him by the court, and is transitioning within the community with a GPS tracking system and Minnesota Department of Corrections supervision.

He will be moving into the north half of Silver Creek Township on or after today (Wednesday, July 12).

A community notification meeting has been scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 19, at the Silver Creek Township Hall, 3827 134th St. N.W. in Silver Creek Township.

Representatives from the Minnesota Department of Corrections and the Wright County Sheriff’s Office will be available to provide public safety information at the community notification meeting.

According to a fact sheet released by the Wright County Sheriff’s Office, Harris has a history of sexual contact with two female victims (one age 16 and one age 20). Contact included sexual touching and penetration.

Harris also held the adult victim against her will and forced her to drive him and two others to other locations.

Harris met the adult victim for the first time on the same occasion as offense and was briefly known to the 16 -year-old victim.

The Buffalo Police Department and the Wright County Sheriff’s Office originally investigated Harris’ case; originally, he was released from custody on Sept. 20, 2016.

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 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.

Harris is not wanted by the police at this time. 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.

Convicted sexual and predatory offenders have always been released to live in our communities.

It was not until the passage of the Registration Act that law enforcement had an ability to track movement of these offenders after their initial release.

With the passage of the Community Notification Act law enforcement may now share information about many of these offenders with the public.

Abuse of this information to threaten, harass or intimidate a registered offender is unacceptable and such acts could be charged as a crime.

Residents with questions about this information should contact Sgt. Eric Leander at the Wright County Sheriff’s Office at (763) 682-7645

To report criminal activity by this offender or any other individual, please call 911.

Contact Tim Hennagir at [email protected]