A man recently released from prison for sexual crimes moves to Montrose and police held a public meeting Tuesday to advise residents.
Tuesday's meeting was a first of its kind in Montrose, as dozens of residents came out for information regarding their new neighbor.
There are two ways sex offenders register with law enforcement;
one is passive, the other is active.
While both registrations are accessible to the public, an active registration involves law enforcement officers holding a public meeting to identify the sexual predator and to tell residents where he lives.
Nelson Lesperance, who was recently released from prison after serving a six year term for a sexual assault on two juvenile females, fit the four criteria to be labeled as a sexual violent predator, which warrants a public informational meeting.
The criteria involve a person's age; they must be over the age of 18 when the crime was committed.
The crime must have occurred on or after July 1, 1997. The relationship to the victim or victims is relevant and finally if a risk assessment test shows the presence of mental instability or sexual deviant intentions..
the criminal is then classified as a sexual violent predator.
While Tuesday's meeting was to inform the public of the 59-year-old Lesperance, Montrose residents must also follow certain protocol regarding the predator.
"They have to leave him alone. Anyone who harasses, bothers or annoys the man will be brought in," Sgt. Jake Suppes of the Montrose Police Department said.
Because of the Jacob Wetterling Act of 1994 and two additional amendments, convicted sex offenders must first contact local law enforcement. The police then contact the Colorado Bureau of Investigations, who then post the offender's picture and address on a website.
That address is www.sor.state.co.us
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