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Minnesota man charged with violating offender registration law

A Minnesota man currently incarcerated at Lino Lakes, Minn., will make his first appearance April 1 in Becker County District Court on a charge of violating the predatory offender registration law.

Charles Franklin Berry, 51, formerly of Gary, Minn., was originally scheduled to make his first court appearance March 11, but that appearance was postponed due to inclement weather.

Berry was released from prison in St. Cloud on March 11, 2008, after signing a form indicating that he would be homeless, but intended to go to Detroit Lakes and check in with his probation officer there.

After being picked up by his daughter on his scheduled release date, Berry failed to report to his probation officer as scheduled. Berry was previously convicted of second-degree criminal sexual conduct in 2005, and was required by law to register as a predatory offender.

Berry was also convicted on another charge of failure to register in Norman County on Sept. 26, 2007. He is currently being held without bail at a Lino Lakes detention facility pending his court appearance in Becker County.