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Joshua Joe Dexter

Officers find list of amends in search of residence

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Park Rapids Minnesota PO Box 111 56470

It seems a convicted sex offender had tired of his wayward life and was contemplating making amends when he was re-arrested earlier this month.

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Joshua Joe Dexter, 30, was recently the subject of a public meeting to alert Akeley to his move there as a Level 3 sex offender.

Dexter's troubled past consists of a litany of convictions for various crimes, mostly for alcohol-related and traffic offenses.

But a 2000 conviction for Criminal Sexual Conduct in the 3rd Degree is what earned him the lifetime label as a serious sex offender.

A woman who refused to identify herself attended the public hearing in Akeley and sat in Hubbard County District Court taking notes.

When asked if Dexter was a dangerous person, she relied, "No, I don't think he's dangerous."

On Oct. 4, officers executed a search warrant at the Akeley residence Dexter had barely moved into. They were looking for items taken in a Becker County burglary.

They found, according to Dexter's most recent complaint, a lawn tractor, weed whacker, chest freezer, satellite receiver, battery charger, stepladder, air compressor, tackle boxes, hand tools and power tools.

Drug paraphernalia, pipes and a white residue were also seized and sent for analysis.

But then officers found a hand-written diary.

In it was a "new to do list," according to the complaint.

On the list were the following notes:

n "Call P.O. (probation officer) admit using"

n "Turn self in for burglary"

n "Brake (sic) and entering admit wrong ask for help"

And lastly:

n "Serve time."

He is charged with possession of stolen property and drug paraphernalia.

Dexter's public defender Jennifer Nelson could not be reached for comment.

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