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Fargo sex offender lists home as car in a driveway

Unable to rent an apartment, a high-risk sex offender in Fargo has told police he'll be living in a vehicle in a driveway.

Dale Phillip Skinner, a high-risk offender, moved from 1122 2nd Ave. S. to 1002 28th St. N., where he'll be parked in the driveway, Fargo police said in a news release.

Lt. Joel Vettel said it's the third sex offender considered Level II or Level III - the moderate- and high-risk levels, respectively - to list an address outside of a building. The two previous cases involved an offender who was living in a tent and another living in a car not parked in a driveway.

Vettel said that Skinner told police he hopes to arrange a more permanent place to live within weeks.

"It's not an ideal situation," said Vettel, though he said it was better than not knowing where the offender was staying at all.

Registered sex offenders are required to notify cops of their address in North Dakota. Vettel said police confirm their addresses at least three times a year, and Level II and Level III are checked far more often than that, as frequently as monthly or even weekly.

Vettel said that for the officer in charge of checking offenders' addresses, Skinner will be "high on his radar."

Skinner was convicted of two counts of gross sexual imposition in Stutsman County in 1999. Both victims were under the age of 15. One was a relative, the other an acquaintance.

Police also said in the news release that a moderate-risk sex offender is moving away from Fargo.

Jeffery Scott Knode, a moderate-risk offender, was at 123 15th St. N. but has moved to Hatton.

Knode was convicted of corruption or solicitation of a minor in 2004 in Traill County. His victim was a 15-year-old female who was an acquaintance.