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Sex offender free on bond, admits he ‘needs help’

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BY Sarah smith

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A Level 3 sex offender living in Park Rapids is out on bond after being charged with abusing another child, the same crime that put him on the predatory offender registry a decade ago.

He acknowledged he has a problem and allegedly asked for help during his arrest earlier this month, according to Park Rapid police records.

Mark Anthony Rehm, 29, was able to post a $20,000 conditional bond Jan. 18 after appearing the day before on charges of Second Degree Criminal Sexual Conduct.

Assistant County Attorney Erika Randall said she could not discuss the pending case.

Rehm, whose next appearance is Feb. 18, faces four counts of Second Degree Criminal Sexual Conduct stemming from his repeated contacts with a 12-year-old girl in December and January.

“Rehm admitted to being physically attracted to (the girl) and that she was good looking,” the complaint states. “Rehm admitted to frequent contact with (the girl) by phone and text messaging and that he would tell (the girl) that he loved her and that it was inappropriate for him to talk to (the girl) like that. Rehm stated that he has a problem and that he needs help,” the complaint stated.

Rehm’s supervising probation agent, according to Department of Corrections records, is “expired from court-imposed Minnesota prison sentence and supervised release,” so he is not under any local supervision.

“The offender has completed a term in prison,” the DOC stated. He is listed as a predatory offender with a “history of sexual contact with minor female victims (ages 4-14). Contact included penetration. Offender was known to victims.”

He appeared in Hubbard County District Court Jan. 17 on the charge. Judge Paul Rasmussen set bail at $50,000 unconditional and $20,000 conditional.

According to court records, Rehm posted, through a bond company, the entire $20,000, not the usual 10 percent cash alternative.

The conditions include that he maintain contact with his attorney, be law abiding and not be in contact with the victim or any other minor females.

The bond started an immediate incendiary response on the Enterprise Facebook page, with most posters wondering how bond could have been set at all.

A few even offered to “go hunting” for Rehm.

Rehm, originally from Fergus Falls, has been on the DOC radar for some time, according to court records.

He was hauled into court twice, in 2004 and 2006-2007, for failure to register as a sex offender.

It is unclear from the DOC records when Rehm moved to Park Rapids, where he lives on King Street.

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Sarah Smith is the outdoors editor. She covers Hubbard County, courts and breaking news.

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