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Bemidji man sentenced to 21 months for failing to register as sex offender

BEMIDJI — A Bemidji man has been sentenced to 21 months in prison followed by eight years of supervised release for knowingly failing to register as a sex offender in Minnesota.

According to a release from the U.S. Department of Justice, in June 2009, 34-year-old Stephon Rene Jones, of Bemidji, was convicted of molesting a 7-year-old child in LaPorte County, Indiana.

Based on this conviction, Jones is a Tier III sex offender under federal law. As a Tier III sex offender, Jones was aware that he was required to register as a sex offender for life and complete verification every three months, the release said.


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