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POLICE: Sex offender moves to Bemidji

Gerald Joseph Browneagle

Editor's Note: This story originally was published on April 16, 2015

BEMIDJI—The Bemidji Police Department has issued a notification that a level three sex offender moved to Bemidji this week. Gerald Joseph Browneagle, 38, moved to the 600 block of Fourth Street Northwest in Bemidji on Monday, according to a release posted on the Bemidji Police Department's Facebook page Thursday. Browneagle has a history of sexual contact with female victims age 11 to adult, the notification said. Compliance was gained through force and contact included penetration. Browneagle was both known and unknown to his victims. Browneagle has been known by the aliases Bobby Joe Houle and Raymond Vincent Moniz. He was released from prison Dec. 16. Browneagle was convicted in Beltrami County District Court of felony fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct for an incident that occurred in 2008 and sentenced to eight years in prison. Inmates generally serve two-thirds of their prison time before being released. Browneagle has been placed on conditional release for 99 years. Browneagle was previously convicted in Hennepin County of first-degree criminal sexual conduct from an incident that occurred in 1994. Browneagle is required to register as a sex offender. Bemidji police released information on Browneagle pursuant to Minnesota Statute 244.052, which authorizes the release of information when it is thought to enhance public safety and protection. Browneagle is not wanted by law enforcement and has served the sentence imposed on him by the court, the release said. There are three levels of offenders based on the individual's risk to reoffend. Level one carries a lower risk to the public, level two is moderate and three is higher. Presently, six level three predators live in Beltrami County. Statewide, there are 327 predatory offenders with registered addresses. The locations of three offenders are unknown. Additional information on sexual predators can be found at www.doc.state.mn.us. The Bemidji Police Department can be reached at (218) 333-9111.

Crystal Dey
Crystal Dey covers crime, courts, tribal relations and social issues for The Bemidji Pioneer in Bemidji, Minnesota. Originally from Minnesota’s Iron Range, Dey has worked for the Echo Press in Alexandria, Minnesota, The Forum in Fargo, North Dakota, The Tampa Tribune in Tampa, Florida, the Hartford Courant in Hartford and West Hartford News in West Hartford, Connecticut. Dey studied Mass Communications at Minnesota State University Moorhead with an emphasis in Online Journalism. Follow Crystal Dey on Twitter @Crystal_Dey.
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