Offender sentenced to 1 year in prison

Published 6:57 pm Saturday, March 23, 2013

A 21-year-old predatory offender was sentenced to one year and one day in prison Thursday after he reportedly violated his registration requirements.

Richard Alan Ferguson Jr.

Richard Alan Ferguson Jr.

Richard Alan Ferguson Jr., now of Austin, will serve the time in the St. Cloud prison and will receive credit for 80 days already spent in the Freeborn County jail.

Ferguson was convicted in 2010 of child pornography possession and had been required to register information with the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, including where he lives, where he works, what he drives and if he owns property, among others.

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According to court records, Ferguson had not registered a vehicle he was driving or where he was working. He was required to register this information through Jan. 26, 2021.

Police reportedly discovered the registration violation while conducting an investigation into a possible child victim of child pornography. A detective discovered that Ferguson’s address was within a block of the suspected child victim.

While investigating the registration, the detective found Ferguson had reportedly registered a black Oldsmobile Achieva and he had listed that he was unemployed, as of March 2, 2012.

In May, he was issued a speeding ticket while driving a green Pontiac. He was also found to have been working at Wendy’s for two months without reporting it.