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Meeting to be held on Level III sex offender

The Bemidji Police Department will host a public meeting at 6 p.m. Jan. 3 at City Hall to inform the public about a Level III sex offender who is expected to be moving into Bemidji.

Anthony Michael Bishop, 37, was convicted of first-degree criminal sexual conduct in 1991 in Hennepin County, according to the State of Minnesota.

The Bemidji Police Department issued a press release on Wednesday detailing its intent to hold the public meeting to alert the public about Bishop.

In the release, the police department stresses that Bishop is no longer wanted by police and that he has served the sentence that has been imposed upon him. Neither the Bemidji Police Department nor the Department of Corrections can dictate where the offender does or does not live or where he works or goes to school.

The Community Notification Act, which went into effect on Jan. 1, 1997, makes it possible for local law enforcement agencies to release some information to the public regarding sexual and predatory offenders that was formerly classified as private data.

Abuse of this information to threaten, harass or intimidate the registered offender may be charged as a crime, according to the press release.

Bishop was released from prison in August 1997 as a Level III offender and was required to notify law enforcement of his address, according to court files. He registered in 1997, but failed to do so after 2002. In March 2007, law enforcement learned that Bishop might be living in Red Lake; he was located in Red Lake and arrested on March 29, according to court files.

He pleaded guilty Oct. 4 and was sentenced Nov. 5 for a felony charge of being a predatory offender whose information is required to be provided to law enforcement. He was sentenced to 14 months in prison and given credit for 222 days served.

Bishop is expected to be released from the Minnesota Correctional Facility in St. Cloud on Jan. 7, according to the Minnesota Department of Corrections.

Police Chief Gerald Johnson said Wednesday that the Bemidji Police Department was notified that Bishop is expected to be living in Bemidji upon his release.