Man pleads guilty to failure to register as a predatory offender

Published 8:47 am Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Robert Edward Collins, 41, of Rochester submitted a petition to enter a guilty plea for felony failure to register as a predatory offender on Monday in Mower County District Court.

According to the court report, Collins went to the Mower County Law Enforcement Center to fill out a change of information form regarding his address on July 17. He told an officer he was changing it from his mother’s Rochester address to the Sterling Motel. He listed the Rochester address as his secondary address. The officer understood that his move to the Sterling Motel was being arranged by Mower County Correctional Services.

The officer later learned that Mower County Correctional Services had not arranged for Collins to live at the Sterling Motel, as that was Collins’ responsibility to arrange his own accommodations.

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The owner of the Sterling Motel told the officer that Collins had stayed at the Motel from July 12 – 14, providing receipts he had given to Collins.

Collins’ parole officer told the officer that Collins told her he would be living at his mother’s Rochester address. His mother, however, said that he had not stayed with her since his release from the Olmsted County Jail on July 11. She said that her lease did not allow her to have men living at her apartment.

Collins is scheduled for sentencing on Jan. 19.