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Level 3 predatory offender moves into rural Ottertail

Gregory Michael Keppers

The Otter Tail County Sheriff's Office released information Monday, Sept. 10 that a Level 3 predatory offender had moved into the area.

Gregory Michael Keppers, age 28, moved into the rural Ottertail city area, (Section 7 of Otter Tail Township), as of Monday.

Keppers has a history of sexual conduct and contact with adolescent female victims (age 15-17). Conduct included asking for sexual contact. Contact included sexual touching and penetration. Force was used to gain compliance in at least one offense. Offender was known to victims.

A community notification meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 13 at the Otter Tail County Sheriff's Office Operations Center, 469 W. Main Street in Ottertail city. Representatives from the Department of Corrections and the Otter Tail County Sheriff's Office will be available to provide you with useful information on public safety, according to the news release.

The Otter Tail County Sheriff's Office is available to provide you with useful information on personal safety. The Otter Tail County Sheriff's Office may be reached at 218-998-8555. To report criminal activity by this offender or any other individual, please call 911. Further information may be found at the Minnesota Department of Corrections Public Registrant Search, at https://coms.doc.state.mn.us/publicregistrantsearch

The Otter Tail County Sheriff's Office 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 Otter Tail County Sheriff's believes that the release of information will enhance public safety and protection.

The individual who appears on this notification has been convicted of Criminal Sexual Conduct or another offense that requires registration with law enforcement pursuant to Minnesota Statues 243.166 or 243.167.

This offender 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 Otter Tail County Sheriff's may not direct where the offender does or does not reside, nor can this agency direct where he/she works or goes to school. The risk level of this offender has been determined largely on his/her potential to re-offend based on his/her previous behavior.

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. Such abuses could potentially end the ability of law enforcement to provide these notifications. If community notification ends the only person who wins is the offender. Many of these offenders derive their power from the opportunity that secrecy provides.

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