More than 75 Morgan community residents filled the fire hall Thursday night to hear about a Level III predatory offender who moved to their city.
This is the second such meeting the community has had to host in the past few years, and those in attendance raised concerns, asked questions and expressed opinions about the newest member of their small, rural community.
Why is it, one asked, a town of 800 has to change so much because of one person?
That person is William Albert Kibble, 48, who recently registered as a resident of Morgan and is living on the 300 Block of Third Street East.
Information about Kibble and the state’s predatory offender statutes was presented during the meeting by the Morgan Police De-partment and the Minnesota Department of Corrections.
Mike Schommer of the department of corrections talked about the state law established in 1997 that allows for communities to be informed about Level III predatory offenders who move into their communities, as community notification meetings are held to help people learn more about the offender and what they can do to be vigilant.
Schommer said it is only the Level III predatory offenders, those with a higher chance of re-offending based on certain criteria and the decision of a offender designation committee, who residents are informed about in Minnesota. While most equate predatory offenders with sexual crimes, Schom-mer said other crimes, such as kidnapping and holding someone against their will, also fall into the category.
While Kibble’s predatory offense involved a female held against her will, his past convictions do also include criminal sexual conduct.
Schommer said the off-ender’s record shows crimes against adults not children.
He also stressed the fact that Kibble has served his time in jail and met the standards to be released. He is not wanted by the law, and under state law those who harass him are committing a crime. Of course, he added, that does not mean residents can’t be vigilant by just keeping an eye out for any suspicious activity.
While having a predatory offender in one’s neighborhood can be concerning, Schommer said what should be more alarming is the fact that just 10 percent of predatory offenses are committed by those who have offended in the past. That means 90 percent of predatory offenders are first timers.
Being vigilant should not end even if this offender would ultimately move out of the community, Schommer added, and he said so many of these offenses are actually committed by those who are known by the victim.
There are myriad resour-ces available to the public from Stop It Now and the New Horizons Crisis Center.
Those who see suspicious activity should contact law enforcement.