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Level III sex offender released Dec. 11

The Wadena Police Department released a level III sex offender Dec. 11.

Christopher Austin Sharp served his sentence for sexual conduct with females and was released to an address on the southeast Wadena area.

The Wadena Police Department is releasing this information pursuant to Minnesota Statutes 244.052. This statute authorizes law enforcement agencies to inform the public of a sexual or predatory offender's release from prison or a secure treatment facility when the Wadena Police Department believes that the release of information will enhance public safety and protection.

Sharp has been convicted of Criminal Sexual Conduct or another offense that requires registration with law enforcement pursuant to Minnesota Statutes 243.166 or 243.167.

He 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.

The Wadena Police Department may not direct where the offender does or does not reside, nor can this agency direct where he works or goes to school. The risk level of this offender has been determined largely on his potential to re-offend based on his previous behavior.