Level 3 offender meeting planned in Stewartville
STEWARTVILLE — A community notification meeting has been set for 7 p.m. Thursday to inform residents that a Level 3 predator offender is moving to Stewartville.
The event will be held at Grace Free Evangelical Church, 702 First St. SE.
Representatives from the Olmsted County Sheriff's Office, the Dodge-Fillmore-Olmsted County Community Corrections Department and the Minnesota Department of Corrections will be present to explain the circumstances surrounding the release of Jerry Lee Vandenhemel, 31.
Vandenhemel originally was convicted in 2009 of third-degree criminal sexual conduct and sentenced to 70 months in prison, with credit for nearly a year already served. He's been returned to prison multiple times for probation violations, court documents show.
Most recently, he was released in March; his move to the area of First Street West and South Main Street in Stewartville is planned for May 27-30.
Vandenhemel is 5 feet 7 inches, weighs 247 pounds, has brown hair and brown eyes. He has a history of sexual contact with females ages 14-15 and included penetration, police say. Vandenhemel was known to his victims.
The risk level has been determined largely on his potential to re-offend based on his previous behavior.