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Police track sex offender

Fergus Falls police are attempting to keep track of a sex offender last seen in South Dakota over the weekend. John Wagner, the city's public safety chief, said he wants to make sure 32-year-old Roberto A.

Fergus Falls police are attempting to keep track of a sex offender last seen in South Dakota over the weekend.

John Wagner, the city's public safety chief, said he wants to make sure 32-year-old Roberto A. Gotschall follows Minnesota's sex offender registration law.

Gotschall was released from the Otter Tail County Jail in mid-September after criminal sexual conduct charges against him were dropped when his latest accuser left the state as court proceedings were starting.

Immediately after his release, Gotschall was arrested on suspicion he violated Minnesota's sex offender registration law by not telling officials where he planned to live, Wagner said.

Gotschall was released again when it was determined he was homeless and therefore not obligated to report where he was living.

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He then dropped out of sight. Police were notified over the weekend that a federal park ranger in South Dakota found Gotschall nearly frozen to death in the Black Hills. If he's living there, he must inform officials, Wagner said.

information about the incident but his department is checking with South Dakota officials to determine whether Gotschall has established a residence there.

If so, Gotschall must notify local authorities, who would could then inform area residents about his presence there, Wagner said.

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