Sex offender's new home is in sight of elementary school

  • Article by: Star Tribune
  • Updated: April 14, 2009 - 11:39 PM

A meeting has been scheduled in Bloomington about the high-risk offender.

A high-risk sex offender is moving into Bloomington within view of an elementary school, and the public can learn more about the man at a community meeting next week.

Gerald Keast, 39, has a history of sexual contact with juvenile victims (boys and girls, ages 4 to 15), according to state corrections records. Authorities say that "these [offenses] are intrafamilial in nature."

The Level III offender's criminal history includes a conviction in St. Louis County for third-degree criminal sexual conduct in 1994. In 2006, he was convicted for failing to register as a predatory sex offender.

The Bloomington Police Department has scheduled a community meeting regarding Keast for next Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Transfiguration Lutheran Church, 11000 France Av. S.

Keast is moving to an apartment in the 10700 block of France Avenue, within 100 yards of Westwood Elementary School, said Police Sgt. Mark Stehlik, adding that the school is within view of where Keast is moving.

"There is no restriction on where he moves," Stehlik said. "We'd be happy as can be if he chose to live somewhere else."

Last fall, Keast was the subject of a mandatory community notification meeting when he moved to Hamburg, a small town in Carver County.

Bloomington police said Keast is moving from apartment buildings that have the same owner.

Level III offenders are considered the most likely of all risk groups to reoffend. For more about Keast, see www.tinyurl.com/6x9syu.

PAUL WALSH

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