5 Level III sex offenders register in St. Paul; meeting set - KMSP-TV

5 Level III sex offenders register in St. Paul; meeting set

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ST. PAUL, Minn. (KMSP) -

With a handful of predatory offenders registering to live in St. Paul neighborhoods, police are preparing to hold a community meeting at 6 p.m. on Thursday, but officers insist residents should not be alarmed.

The community meeting, which will be held in the St. Paul Police Department's Eastern District Community room located at 722 Payne Avenue, is intended to educate residents about five Level III offenders who will be living in the city. It is expected to last an hour, and officers are getting the word out by posting fliers in the neighborhoods where the offenders will live.

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Police will provide fact sheets with crime prevention information at the meeting, but they stress that none of the offenders are wanted by police and all are required by law to report to authorities. Some information on each of the five can be previewed below; however, residents can get specific community notification information by calling 651-266-5685.

Tyrone Appleton, 55

Location: 1200 block of Edgerton Street
Description: 5'11" and 160 lbs.
Reports to: Agent Joel Hanson, 651-266-7678

Appleton has been living at his St. Paul address since July 8, and is currently on intensive supervised release. Appleton was convicted of raping two adult women in St. Paul after using force and a weapon to enter a stranger's home without permission.

Markeith Branch, 33

Location: 1200 block of Beech Street
Description: 5'9" and 251 lbs.
Reports to: Agent Derek Weinke, 651-266-7684

Branch has been living on Beech Street since June 10, and is currently on intensive supervised release. He was convicted of forcing himself into a vehicle belonging to an 18-year-old woman he did not know, threatening her and raping her in New Brighton.

Jason Lenars, 43

Location: 1600 block of Minnehaha Avenue East
Description: 5'8" and 171 lbs.
Reports to: Agent Joel Hanson, 651-266-7678

Lenars has been living on Minnehaha Avenue since July 1, and is currently on intensive supervised release. The Anoka County Sheriff's Office and St. Paul Police Department say he has a history of sexual contact involving young girls between the ages of 10-12 and was known to his victims.

Christopher Lewis, 48

Location: 2100 block of Conway Street
Description: 6'1" and 180 lbs.
Reports to: Karen Godin, 612-664-5373

Lewis moved to Conway Street at the end of May, and is currently on probation. Police say he has a history of using force and a knife to gain compliance from adult women he does not know, citing one case where he met a victim in a social setting and another where he followed her into a public restroom.

Robert Ziemann, 29

Location: 1600 block of Minnehaha Avenue East
Description: 5'9" and 174 lbs.
Reports to: Agent Joel Hanson, 651-266-7678

At the end of May, Ziemann moved into the Minnehaha Avenue residence, but he remains on intensive supervised release. St. Francis police say he has a history of sexual contact with young girls between the ages of 7 and 13, and was known to his victims.

Anyone needing to report non-emergency criminal activity by any of the above offenders or any other individuals is urged to call 651-291-1111. Crimes in progress or any emergency should be directed to 911.

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