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Level 3 sex offender to move to DL Monday

A Level 3 sexual offender who was in the local news in 2008-2009 once again says he is moving to Detroit Lakes.

Robert Thomas Baca, 47, says he plans to relocate to the 300 block of Summit Avenue on Monday, according to the Detroit Lakes Police Department.

A Level 3 offender is deemed most likely to re-offend.

Baca served 11 years in state prison for raping a woman who managed an apartment house in Detroit Lakes.

The crime occurred in 1996. He threatened to kill her if she went to police.

Baca was living at the apartment house on the 200 block of West Frazee Street in Detroit Lakes at the time.

It’s not clear what his ties to the area are: His family of origin lives out of state.

Baca was charged with first-degree criminal sexual conduct and pleaded guilty to second-degree criminal sexual conduct.

Local authorities held a Level 3 community notification meeting when Baca was first released from prison in November, 2008, and he announced plans to move to Detroit Lakes.

He didn’t stay long, though.

Two days later, he boarded a bus and left for St. Paul — but he never checked in with St. Paul police as required.

He failed to check in with any police department, and on Dec. 12 he was charged in Becker County District Court with failing to register, a felony.

Because he served his full prison sentence and was not on supervised release, he was supposed to check in with police weekly wherever he was living.

Officers with the U.S. Marshals Service later arrested Baca without incident near Anaheim, Calif.

He was convicted of violating predatory offender laws in 2008 and again in 2010.

Police Chief Tim Eggebraaten reminded residents that sex offenders have been getting released into the local community from prison for years.

The notification process “is not intended to increase fear in the community,” he said in a news release.

“Law enforcement believes that an informed public is a safer public.”

Any questions can be directed to the police department at 847-4222.