I notice that Minnesota has a "Predatory Offender" law that covers both sexual and non-sexual offenses (murder, for one). From that, it seems ALL people convicted of sexual offenses in Minnesota would be deemed "sexual predators." This seems a bit harsh! Or is Minnesota simply using a catch-all term to keep the Statutes clearer and shorter? It would seem Minnesota's terminology could pose problems for sex offenders who relocate, as other States will assume even a low-risk offender from Minnesota is a "sexual predator."
My website "sex crimes" page has an in-depth discussion of the various types of sex crimes in Minnesota. Some may be surprised, for example, that most "sex crimes" do not involve coercion or lack of consent. But the short answer is, no. Not all sex crimes trigger the registration requirement under Minnesota's predatory offender statute; though most do. (I discuss this more on my website's "predatory offender registration" page.) One horrible injustice of Minnesota's law? It requires "predatory offender registration" for people found not-guilty of all sex crime charges; if found guilty of any offense from the same circumstances. So a person convicted of only misdemeanor disorderly conduct would have to register, if the Complaint alleged Criminal Sexual Conduct 4th Degree, for example.
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