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Community meeting set regarding release of Level 3 offender in Thomson Township

Carlton County Sheriff Kelly Lake today announced that the Thomson Township Police Department and the Carlton County Sheriff's Department will host a Community Notification Meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 24, to provide information regarding a Level ...

Carlton County Sheriff Kelly Lake today announced that the Thomson Township Police Department and the Carlton County Sheriff's Department will host a Community Notification Meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 24, to provide information regarding a Level 3 offender who is moving into the area of Highway 61 West in rural Esko.

The meeting is set for 6:30 p.m. at the Thomson Township Hall, 25 East Harney Road, Esko.

The Minnesota Department of Corrections (DOC) will present information about the offender, Christopher Steven Ash, as well as safety steps for citizens. Questions from the public are invited.

Ash, 35, has an offense history that includes, at a minimum, an offense that requires registration as a predatory offender according to Minnesota Statute 243.166.

According to the Minnesota Department of Corrections, Ash engaged in sexual contact with an adult female victim, reportedly gaining compliance through use of threats and physical force while the victim was vulnerable due to intoxication. The DOC report goes on to say that the offender was not previously known to the victim at the time of the offense.

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Ash has completed a term in prison and was released on July 14, 2008.

Ash is described as being a white male with fair skin, blonde hair and blue eyes. He is 5 feet, 9 inches tall, weighs 232 pounds and has a large build.

According to the information known to the DOC, this offender is not currently wanted by law enforcement. However, this information is provided to the public to enhance public safety through knowledge of the offender's general area of residence.

Anyone having questions about the offender is encouraged to attend Wednesday night's meeting to have their questions and concerns addressed and to receive complete and accurate information. Those not able to attend the meeting can contact the Carlton County Sheriff's Office, 218-384-3236.

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