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Sex Offender Released from Prison & Relocated to Crookston

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  Level three sex offender, 47-year old Dean Johnson has been released from prison and relocated to Crookston. It's put some people on edge.

  It was ten-years ago that another sex offender, Alfonso Rodriguez Junior was released in Crookston, and later convicted of murdering UND student, Dru Sjodin.

  Twenty-two-year old UND student, Dru Sjodin went missing from Grand Forks on November 22 of 2003.  Sjodin's body was found in a ravine near Crookston the next spring. Alfonso Rodriguez Junior was convicted of murdering her and now sits on death row in a federal prison.

  Rodriguez was a level 3 sex offender, when he was released in Crookston. Now, level 3 sex offender Dean Johnson has been released from prison and returned to Crookston.

Tim Motherway, Crookston Police Chief: "There's been some people with questions about it…  sure."

   Chief, Motherway says Johnson was convicted of having pornographic photos of children on his computer, while living in Fosston. Then, while living in Crookston, he had probation violations that included graphic texts to a minor that landed him back in prison.

   Now, Johnson will stay at the Polk County jail during the night. But, he'll be free to come and go during the day, until he finds a place to live.

Reporter: "What happens when he finds a place to live?"

Chief Motherway: "He'll be able to move out of the jail into that place as long as he meets his state supervision requirements."

  Chief Motherway says Johnson remains on probation and is not allowed to have any contact with minors. Motherway say he wants the public to know Johnson's face and report any suspicious activity.

Chief Motherway: "So if he's seen talking to minors under 18, we should be notified immediately."

  Motherway says there will be another public notice of Johnson's address if he finds a place to live in Crookston. Motherway says if Johnson can't find a place to live in Crookston, he could be taken back to prison, where arrangements would be made to try and relocate him in another town.

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