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Tip to BCA resultsin locating noncompliant sexual predator

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Thanks to a tip, one of the 15 non-compliant predatory offenders highlighted by the Department of Public Safety release Tuesday has been located.

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A county attorney in northern Minnesota who read media reports about the non-compliant offenders contacted the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension with information on the whereabouts of Brian Platt. Platt is currently incarcerated in California and is now compliant with the requirements of the Predatory Offender Registry.

"Tips have been coming in from all over the state. Investigators from the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension and several north central Minnesota law enforcement agencies now have several new leads to pursue and are hopeful they'll track down the offenders," said BCA Assistant Superintendent Dave Bjerga. "But we also hope the tips keep coming in from the public."

BCA investigators have warrants for the arrest of most of the offenders, and all are currently non-compliant with Minnesota Predatory Offender Registry requirements. The BCA reached out to the public for leads through a news release and through its Facebook page (http://tinyurl.com/2fu3u3h).

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of the listed individuals is asked to contact the BCA at 651-793-7070 or 888-234-1248, submit a tip anonymously on https://por.state.mn.us, or contact local law enforcement agency.

The individuals listed below remain non-compliant. (Photos in jpg format can be found at https://mndeptpublicsafety.sharefile.com/d-s2eed485fd3e43088 ):

E Larry Marshall Leach, 48, last known address County Highway 10, Frazee, Minn. Leach has tattoos on both upper arms.

E Albert Benaise III, 20, last known address Fifth Street Northwest, Bemidji. Benaise has a scar on his forehead.

E Seth Ambrose Bissonette, 67, last known address Roosevelt Road Southeast, Bemidji.

E Charles Warren Mentges, 56, last known address Fourth Street Northwest, Bemidji.

E Joseph Allen Jones Jr., 26, homeless in Cass Lake. Jones has a pierced left ear, scars on both eyebrows, and tattoos on his chest, right shoulder, left wrist and hand, right upper arm and shoulder.

E Timothy Jay Mercier Sr., 42, last known address Fifth Street, Pine River, Minn. Mercier has scars on his left wrist, ankle and leg.

E Robert Allen Smith, 60, last known address Mae Bill Drive Northeast, Longville, Minn. Smith has scars on his neck and abdomen.

E Nicholas Franklin Edwards, 29, last known address Third Street Northeast, Crosby, Minn. Edwards has a scar on his left hand.

E David Benjamin Johnston, 54, last known address Rosewood Street, Brainerd, Minn. Johnston has scars on his forehead, left wrist and right arm and wrist, and tattoos on his right and left arms.

E Lowry Dean Scarlett, 60, last known address PO Box 175, Clearbrook, Minn. Scarlett has scars on his cheek, chest, left forearm and left leg, and has tattoos on his left and right arms.

E Dale Anthony Roach, 64, last known address Wejack Road, Cass Lake. Roach has a tattoo on his left forearm and scars on his left eyebrow, forehead, abdomen, left arm and knee.

E Deandre Demone Bratton, 22, last known address Gateway Drive Northwest, East Grand Forks, Minn. Bratton has scars on his right hand and leg.

E Home Tyloung, 60, last known address Third Lakewood Avenue, Warroad, Minn. Tyloung has tattoos on his arms.

E Joel Elias Lempiainen, 82, last known address Fouyth Street Northwest, Wadena, Minn.

State law requires people on the Predatory Offender Registry to provide information to the BCA about their primary and secondary addresses, employment and vehicles they own or operate. They are required to register for a minimum of 10 years or the duration of probation, whichever is longer. Some are required to register for life.

Those on the registry have been convicted of one of the following: criminal sexual conduct and felony-level indecent exposure; kidnapping and false imprisonment; soliciting a minor to engage in prostitution or sexual conduct; using a minor in a sexual performance; possession of pictorial representations of minors.

Predatory offenders are required to return periodic verification forms within 10 days to ensure all information on file with the BCA remains up to date. In addition, they must provide five days' notice of any change in their primary address; any other changes must be reported within five days of the change.

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