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Law enforcement announces sex offender's address change

The Bemidji Police Department and Beltrami County Sheriff's Office have announced an address change for a convicted Level 3 sex offender living in Bemidji.

As of Jan. 9, Ryan Thomas Dorry, 27, will move from his current address on the 500 block of Fourth Street Northwest to the 1800 block of Irvine Avenue Northwest.

Dorry is a white male with a stocky build, 5-foot 7-inches, 217 pounds with sandy hair and blue eyes.

Dorry has a history of sexual contact with female victims ages 9-18. Offenses include fondling and penetration. Dorry engaged in sexual contact with an 18-year-old female victim through the use of force and had a prior offence involving a 9-year-old female acquaintance.

The offender is not wanted by the police at this time and has served the sentence imposed on him by the court.

"This notification is not intended to increase fear in the community," states a press release from the Bemidji Police Department. "Law enforcement believes that an informed public is a safer public."The press release states that the department is available with information on personal safety and may be reached at 333-9111. To report criminal activity involving this offender or any other individual, call 911.

Convicted sexual and predatory offenders have always been released to live in communities, and the Minnesota Department of Corrections may not direct where the offender can live, work or go to school. The Registration Act of 1994 gave law enforcement agencies the ability to track offenders after their release from custody. The Community Notification Act of 1996 allows law enforcement to share the information about offenders with the public. The press release states that abuse of the information to harass or intimidate a registered offender could be charged as a crime and could end the ability of law enforcement to provide the notices.

"If community notification ends, the only person who wins is the offender," states the press release. "Many of these offenders derive their power from the opportunity secrecy provides."

-- Molly Miron