Sex offender moving back to Albert Lea after release

Published 10:46 am Monday, April 9, 2012

ALBERT LEA — A high-risk sex offender plans to move to Albert Lea this month after he’s released from prison, according to the Albert Lea Police Department.


Matthew Alan Radke, 37, lived in the city prior to his prison sentence and is expected to return April 19.

He is slated to move to the 1300 block of St. John Avenue.

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A meeting has been organized for 6:30 p.m. April 12 at Mayo Clinic Health System at Health Reach to notify the public about Radke’s move to the community.

He is a Level 3 sex offender, an offender who has the highest likelihood of reoffending.

According to a notification fact sheet released by the Police Department, Radke has a history of sexual contact with female victims, ages 4 through adult. He used force and threats to gain compliance and was known to his victims, according to the fact sheet.

He was convicted in 2008 in Freeborn County of second-degree criminal sexual assault of a child younger than 16 and in January was sentenced for window peeping, also in Freeborn County.

In the window peeping incident he admitted to looking in the window of a house and watching a young woman change clothes. He reportedly returned to the window at least three times until he saw that the girl was fully dressed.

The notification is not intended to increase fear in the community, but authorities believe that an informed public is a safer public.

In Minnesota, offenders are rated based on several criteria, including the seriousness of the offense, age of the victim, prior history, number of victims, offender’s characteristics, substance abuse history and availability of community supports.

Based on the ratings of the offenders, officials know what type of notification to perform when the prisoners are released.

With a Level 3 release, the entire community is notified at a public meeting, in addition to other notifications. There will be four Level 3 offenders in Freeborn County including Radke, Tai Lars Stadheim and Cody Padraic Trott in Albert Lea. Brooks Daniel Fisher lives in London.