Predatory offender pleads guilty to registration violation

Published 9:16 am Friday, June 8, 2012

An Albert Lea predatory offender pleaded guilty this week to failing to register his new address and where he worked.

Marlin Eric Espe

Marlin Eric Espe, 43, faced two charges in Freeborn County District Court of knowingly violating his registration requirements as a predatory offender, which is a felony.

Offenders are required to register several pieces of information with the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, including where they live, where they work, what they drive and if they own property, among others.

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Espe is required to register as a predatory offender after he pleaded guilty to criminal sexual conduct in the fourth degree in Freeborn County District Court in 2008 and was sentenced in 2009.

Freeborn County Attorney Craig Nelson said the presumptive sentence for the violation is one year in prison. However, since Espe has been in jail since December, he has almost completed that sentence — allowing for release after two-thirds of the time.

Because Espe did not have any previous registration violation convictions prior to his guilty plea Tuesday, the sentences will be served concurrently.

Sentencing has been scheduled for 8:30 a.m. July 5.