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Moorhead Meeting Addresses Concerns Over Sex Offender

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Questions were fired at Moorhead law enforcement Tuesday night from concerned citizens worried about a high-risk sex offender moving into their neighborhood.

The man's new neighbors asked for the community meeting, many of whom say they don't want him there. 

Eric Joseph Fanning, 51, has just settled into the 1000 block of 10th Street South. He's labeled a risk level three sex offender and likely to offend again.

Many of the people who attended wanted more answers than law enforcement could give them. One of the supervising agents, Michael Schommer, hoped to calm the neighborhood. Schommer explained 10 percent of sex offenders will re-offend and they likely won't do it where they live.

But, one concerned neighbor made the point that Fanning doesn't fall into that statistic. He has sexually attacked three different women, upon moving to three different communities and has been sentenced to, collectively, more than 20 years. For many, that's an unsettling thought.

"It seems like a recipe for disaster," Daniel Haglund, a neighbor, said. "I mean, I live two blocks away and I'm very uncomfortable."

Law enforcement explained they'll be closely monitoring Fanning. He's not allowed internet access, contact with minors or sexually explicit material. He's also not allowed into bars, and will be tested for alcohol and drug consumption. He's required to complete a treatment program.

Still, officers want to remind the community despite Fanning's past, he still has a right to live in the area free from harassment.

If you notice anything suspicious, you can call the supervising agent any time of day at 800-600-6015.
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