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Published February 22, 2012, 04:21 PM

Devils Lake Sex Offender Back in Jail 1½ Months After Release

Moderate or low risk offenders can move in under radar
DEVILS LAKE, ND (WDAZ-TV) - A registered sex offender is back behind bars after he failed to register his new address with police.

By: Adam Ladwig, WDAZ

DEVILS LAKE, ND (WDAZ-TV) - A registered sex offender is back behind bars after he failed to register his new address with police.

Devils Lake police arrested 27-year-old Anthony Rolland on Tuesday just a month and a half after he was released from the Lake Region Correctional Center.

He's now back there, charged with failure to register as a sex offender.

That charge carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison.

Rolland is a high-risk sex offender who was twice convicted of sexual contact with underage girls, once when he was a juvenile and once as an adult.

Devils Lake Police Detective Susan Schwab says sex offender registration is strict and Rolland failed to meet those guidelines.

"He had provided an address in Devils Lake but had not actually registered as he was required to do so as a result of the requirements of the sex offender registration," Schwab said.

Sex offenders have three days to register any changes in address, employment, e-mail accounts, even social networking sites to law enforcement.

Although all sex offenders must register with local law enforcement, the public may not know when a one moves to their neighborhood.

Only about 15 percent of registered sex offenders are considered "high-risk."

The risk a sex offender poses is determined by a nine-person panel appointed by the Attorney General.

Once those sex offenders are released from jail, they can legally move anywhere, even a school zone, as long as they register with police.

While you might hear if a high-risk sex offender moves nearby, low to moderate-risk sex offenders can move in under the radar.

"There are those included in moderate risk and lower risk, and there's not the totally same requirements to release that information to areas of the public," Schwab said.

There are 1,268 sex offenders registered in North Dakota. There are 37 in Ramsey County and 92 live in Grand Forks County.

There is an online list of all sex offenders in the state, from high-risk to low. You can find it at SexOffender.ND.Gov.

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