NEW ULM - A 48-year-old Level 3 Predatory Sex Offender is moving back to New Ulm after serving his time in prison for a parole violation.
James A. Binger, a 5-10, 146-pound man with a fair complexion, hazel eyes, and brown hair, intends to move within a block of where he lived in New Ulm several years ago, which was the 100 block of Center Street, according to a New Ulm Police Department Notification of Release Fact Sheet.
Binger, who was released Thursday, has a history of sexual contact with 7 to 16 year-old males that included fondling and penetration. He provided some victims with alcohol, was known to most victims, and had just met one victim the same day as an offense, according to police.
Binger is not wanted by police at this time and has served his sentence, according to the fact sheet.
Binger was arrested by New Ulm Police on Nov. 10, 2011, for indecent exposure at his South Front Street residence after police were informed of a man allegedly exposing himself to another man who was fishing on the Minnesota River in Minnecon Park.
The complainant described the suspect as 5'10", in his 40s or 50s, with no hair or teeth, wearing a green jacket, blue jeans and stocking hat.
Police were told the suspect left Minnecon Park riding a bicycle, according to a police incident report.
The complainant said he walked past the suspect, on his way to a fishing spot. A short time later, the suspect came up to him and they talked for 10-15 minutes before the suspect exposed himself to him, then walked away.
Police searched the park but didn't see anyone matching the suspect's description. They then went to the Law Enforcement Center, printed a photo of Binger, returned to Minnecon Park and showed the photo to the complainant who confirmed it to be Binger.
Police found Binger at his residence, noticed he was wearing a green jacket and blue jeans and that he had been in Minnecon Park earlier in the day, according to the report.
Binger was arrested by police for violating his probation and was taken to the Brown County Jail without incident. He was later sent to Lino Lakes state prison.
A community notification meeting was held the first time Binger moved to New Ulm after he was released Dec. 18, 2009, from a Minnesota Department of Corrections facility.
Binger served 11 years of his sentence after he was convicted of 1st degree criminal sexual conduct in Nicollet County.
His sentence has 26 release conditions, any one of which could send him back to prison.
They include no direct or indirect contact with minors, no alcohol, drugs, pornography or Internet use except job searches from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
At the 2009 hearing, Pat Moen of the Minnesota Department of Corrections (DOC) urged citizens to pay attention to who their children associate with.
"Talk to your kids. Know who they spend time with. If you don't know what to do, call law enforcement," she added. "Most sexual abuse is not reported."
Moen said statistics show sex offenders are re-offending less then they used to due to more effective treatment.
Pat Booker, DOC District Supervisor in Mankato, urged citizens to call police if they see anything suspicious.
She told people to call or write their legislators if they don't agree with sentencing laws.
New Ulm Police Dept. Commander David Borchert said complaints will be investigated.
"If we file a complaint on him (Binger), he'll be in front of a judge within 48 hours," Borchert added.
Booker said Binger would be immediately jailed before he sees a judge.
Booker said Minnesota has the best ISR program in the country.
"Less than 1 percent of convicted sexual predators re-offend," Booker said. "They usually commit an offense like having a beer and wind up back in prison. We'll do the best job we can for New Ulm. ... I live here too."
Moen urged people to "be vigilant, but not vigilantes."
"Be watchful, but not to the point where you don't notice others," said Moen. "There are other sex offenders who haven't been caught."
Five DOC agents will monitor Binger who is now on Intensive Supervised Release (ISR) until his sentence expires on Nov. 16, 2014.
ISR elements include house arrest, electronic monitoring including passive GPS, random drug/alcohol tests, unannounced residential and work visits by supervising agents, mandatory 40 hours per week of work or education, pay supervision fees and restitution to victims.
A DOC Powerpoint presentation showed there are 151 Level 3 (highest public risk) sex offenders in Minnesota. Two-thirds of them are no longer supervised. Most of the rest are in prison or half-way houses.
There were 55 registered predatory sex offenders in Brown County, 34 in New Ulm, 53 in Nicollet County and 124 in Blue Earth County in 2009.
Moen said predatory offenders have been around for many years. Minnesota's Community Notification Act became law Jan. 1, 1997.
For more information, visit the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension at www.bca.state.mn.us/bca.asp click on POR, then POR Public website; Minnesota Department of Corrections at www.doc.state.mn.us, click on search offender locator, Level 3 Sex Offender Search; United States Department of Justice www.nospr.gov (National Sex Offender Registry); Jacob Wetterling Resource Center 1-800-325-HOPE, www.jwrc.org; Stop it Now MN 1-888-PREVENT, www.stopitnow.org/mn; MDH Sexual Violence Prevention, www.health.state.mn.us/svprevent; Office of Justice Programs, Crime Victim Services 888-622-8799, www.ojp.state.mn.us
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