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Man charged with violating predatory offender registration law

Charles Joseph Neeland, 37, of rural Ponsford has been charged in Becker County District Court with violating the predatory offender registration law, a felony.

According to court records, on Dec. 30, 2008, he was convicted of felony false imprisonment and is required to register as a predatory offender until 2026.

On Dec. 6 a White Earth tribal police officer went to his registered address in Ponsford for a compliance check. Nobody was there, so he returned Dec. 13 and spoke to a resident who said Neeland had been gone for several months, and none of his belongings remained. Neeland's emergency contact has not seen him since early fall. A verification letter mailed to his address on Dec. 25 and required to be returned within 10 days was never sent back.

On Feb. 21, District Judge Jay Carlson issued a warrant for his arrest.