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BCA seeks help in finding sexual predators

ST. PAUL -- The Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) and law enforcement agencies in nine north central Minnesota counties are requesting the public's help in locating non-compliant Predatory Offenders.

BCA investigators have warrants for the arrest of most of the offenders and all are currently non-compliant with Minnesota Predatory Offender Registry requirements.

"The criminal justice community is working diligently to ensure predatory offenders comply with registry requirements and track down those who don't comply. We're reaching out to the public today because leads on the whereabouts of these non-compliant offenders have begun to run dry," said BCA Assistant Superintendent David Bjerga.

The BCA is seeking the public's help in locating the following individuals (Photos in jpg format can be found at ):

Larry Marshall Leach, 48, last known address County Hwy 10, Frazee, MN. Leach has tattoos on both upper arms.

Albert Benaise III, 20, last known address 5th Street NW, Bemidji, MN. Benaise has a scar on his forehead.

Seth Ambrose Bissonette, 67, last known address Roosevelt Road SE, Bemidji, MN.

Charles Warren Mentges, 56, last known address 4th Street NW, Bemidji, MN.

Brian Allen Platt, 27, last known address Trengove Road NW, Solway, MN. Platt has a scar on his left leg.

Joseph Allen Jones Jr., 26, homeless in Cass Lake, MN. Jones has a pierced left ear, scars on both eyebrows, and tattoos on his chest, right shoulder, left wrist and hand, right upper arm and shoulder.

Timothy Jay Mercier Sr., 42, last known address 5th Street, Pine River, MN. Mercier has scars on his left wrist, ankle and leg.

Robert Allen Smith, 60, last known address Mae Bill Drive NE, Longville, MN. Smith has scars on his neck and abdomen.

Nicholas Franklin Edwards, 29, last known address 3rd Street NE, Crosby, MN. Edwards has a scar on his left hand.

David Benjamin Johnston, 54, last known address Rosewood Street, Brainerd, MN. Johnston has scars on his forehead, left wrist and right arm and wrist, and tattoos on his right and left arms.

Lowry Dean Scarlett, 60, last known address PO Box 175, Clearbrook, MN. Scarlett has scars on his cheek, chest, left forearm and left leg, and has tattoos on his left and right arms.

Dale Anthony Roach, 64, last known address Wejack Road, Cass Lake, MN. Roach has a tattoo on his left forearm and scars on his left eyebrow, forehead, abdomen, left arm and knee.

Deandre Demone Bratton, 22, last known address Gateway Drive NW, East Grand Forks, MN. Bratton has scars on his right hand and leg.

Home Tyloung, 60, last known address 3rd Lakewood Avenue, Warroad, MN. Tyloung has tattoos on his arms.

Joel Elias Lempiainen, 82, last known address 4th Street NW, Wadena, MN.

Minnesota law requires persons listed on the Predatory Offender Registry to provide information to the BCA about their primary and secondary addresses, employment, and vehicles they own or operate. All registrants are required to register for a minimum period of 10 years or the duration of probation, whichever is longer. Some registrants are required to register for life.

Those on the registry have been convicted of one of the following crimes:

Criminal Sexual Conduct and Felony Level Indecent Exposure

Kidnapping and False Imprisonment

Soliciting a minor to engage in prostitution or sexual conduct

Using a minor in a sexual performance

Possession of pictorial representations of minors

Predatory offenders are required to return periodic verification forms within 10 days to ensure all information on file with the BCA remains up to date. In addition, they must provide five days advance notice of any change in their primary address; any other changes must be reported within five days of the change.

When predatory offenders fail to report changes in the required information or if they fail to return verification forms they are classified as "non-compliant."

Registrants from other states who enter Minnesota to live, work or attend school are also required to register.

The BCA is also using its Facebook page ( ) to reach out directly to the public for assistance in locating the offenders. Minnesota offenders over the age of 16 who have been non-compliant for more than 30 days are listed on the BCA's public website at

Any persons with information on the whereabouts of the listed individuals are asked to contact the BCA at 651-793-7070 or 1-888-234-1248, submit a tip anonymously on, or contact your local law enforcement agency.