Oakdale Patch covered a lot of different stories, topics and events throughout 2012, but there were a few that stood out as the most read by Patch users.
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The following is the No. 2 post of 2012.
Sept. 5, 2012 - The Oakdale Police Department is hosting a public meeting regarding a Level 3 Predatory Offender who has moved to Oakdale.
A "Level 3" offender is a convicted predatory offender who is considered a high risk for re-offense. Offenders are required to register as such. Law enforcement is required by law to notify surrounding neighborhoods usually within a three-block radius of the offender's new residence.
As of Sept. 1, Ka Her, 36, moved to the Golfview Avenue/Golfview Lane neighborhood, according to a release from the Oakdale PD.
Her is the first Level 3 offender to move to Oakdale, said Michelle Stark, a spokeswoman of the Oakdale Police Department.
"This is our first community meeting in relation to this type of offense," Stark said. "Come to the meeting and you can get a lot of information from the Department of Corrections."
According to the release, Ker has a criminal history that includes sexual contact with adolescent females between the ages of 15 and 16 years old. The release states that the reported sexual contact included penetration and the offender used "force, threatened force and accomplices to gain compliance from his victims."
The release adds that the victims knew the offender.
Her is not currently under an active investigation nor is he wanted in connection with any reported criminal activity, the release states.
Her has served time in prison and was released on May 8.
The Community Notification Meeting will be at 6 p.m. on Sept. 10 at the Oakdale Discovery Center. Law enforcement officials from the Oakdale Police Department, the Minnesota Department of Correctionsand Washington County Sheriff's Office will be in attendance in addition to representatives from School District 622.
Stark said officials will offer a question-and-answer session for residents regarding the offender and the offender program.