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Level 3 sex offender moves to Eyota

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EYOTA, Minn. (KTTC) -- The Olmsted County Sheriff's Office released the name of a Level 3 sex offender now living in Eyota. Joshua Lee Jones, 30, has been living in the city since May 19.

Eyota residents attended a public meeting at Dover-Eyota High School on Thursday. There, the Olmsted County Sheriff's Office said Jones has a history of sexual conduct with an adolescent female victim. Jones was found guilty of sexual conduct with a 13 year old girl 10 years ago. According to the Rochester Police Department, he knew the victim. He served his sentence and was released October 29, 2012.

Residents questioned the Sheriff's Office as to why they didn't release the name outright. The Sheriff's Office said they wanted people to attend the meeting and receive all the information directly from its office. The Sheriff's Office is releasing the information in accordance with a Minnesota statute, which authorizes law enforcement agencies to inform the public of a sexual or predatory offender's release when the Sheriff's Office believes that the release of information will enhance public safety.

Olmsted County Sheriff's Office Detective Rob Studer said residents should practice safety whenever interacting with strangers.

"There's others out there. There's some that occasionally still work in Eyota," said Studer. "Not to concentrate on one person, but to be aware of any of them."

Studer said concerned residents should call law enforcement if they feel their safety or the safety of others is threatened. Jones is not wanted by police at this time.

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