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Fargo police arrest sex offender

FARGO - Fargo police arrested a high-risk sex offender Saturday afternoon who was wanted for violating his parole.

Police received a call about 4 p.m. Saturday that Joshua Thomas Keeping, 27, entered The Mental Health Association Social Club, 1419 1st Ave. S., Fargo, said Sgt. Mike Bernier.

Minutes later, police arrested Keeping without incident outside the facility.

Keeping was evicted from his north Fargo apartment and violated his probation by not updating police on his whereabouts, Bernier said.

An employee at the club recognized Keeping from news reports, police said.

According to the Fargo police Web site, Keeping was convicted in 2007 of assaulting a female under age 15. He also has a 2003 conviction for lewd and lascivious conduct involving a 17-year-old female acquaintance.