Predatory offender who lived in Austin moving to Hollandale

Published 5:26 pm Saturday, January 26, 2013

HOLLANDALE — A high-risk predatory offender is slated to move to rural Hollandale at the beginning of February, according to a news release from the Freeborn County Sheriff’s Office.

Robert Carl Goodew, 21, a Level 3 offender, has been cleared by the Minnesota Department of Corrections to live at 28584 800th Ave., near the southern tip of Geneva Lake and 3 miles west of Hollandale. He is expected to be released from prison Feb. 2.

An informational community meeting has been scheduled for 6 p.m. Thursday at the Geneva Community Center, 405 First Ave. SE, Geneva.

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A notification fact sheet released by the Sheriff’s Office states Goodew engaged in sexual conduct and contact with a 12-year-old boy.

He was charged with second-degree criminal sexual conduct in Freeborn County in 2009 for showing explicit videos to the boy and physically forcing him into sexual contact. He was eventually convicted of third-degree assault, placed on five years’ supervised probation and ordered to register as a predatory offender. However, he failed to register — a felony — and was sentenced to prison time.

The Minnesota Department of Corrections previously assigned a team of supervisors to randomly monitor Goodew’s actions. While he was allowed to perform every day tasks, such as shopping, he had a curfew, was supposed to actively seek a job and could have no contact with people younger than 18.

Goodew most recently lived at the 700 block of Eighth Street Northeast in Austin, when he was released from prison in late September.

Since 1997, predatory offenders have been required to list their residences, vehicles, jobs and general whereabouts with the state. Goodew — a 5-foot-11, 213-pound white male with brown eyes and black hair — must list as an offender for a minimum of 10 years.


— Matt Peterson contributed to this report.