Attendance low at offender meeting

Published 10:19 am Friday, March 21, 2014

Three people attended a notification meeting Thursday night at St. Theodore Catholic Church about the release of a fourth Level 3 offender into the Albert Lea community.

Lorenzo Martin Torres

Lorenzo Martin Torres

Lorenzo Martin Torres, 24, is slated to be released Monday to move to the 100 block of South Broadway, according to the Albert Lea Police Department.

Police Chief Dwaine Winkels said he was surprised only three people attended the meeting, but noted that the low attendance follows the same trend being seen in other cities around the state.

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“We will still continue to try to get the word out there as best as we can,” Winkels said.

Torres is described as being 5 feet 6 inches tall and weighing 206 pounds. He has brown eyes and black hair.

A notification fact sheet states Torres has a history of sexual contact, including penetration, with girls ages 12 to 15. He has had three convictions and was known to his victims.

Torres has been in the Freeborn County jail since November since he was released from prison in Rush City as he awaited a decision about his civil commitment.

The Freeborn County Attorney’s Office had petitioned to have him committed to a state hospital as a sexually dangerous person but last month withdrew its request because of differing opinions from two medical examiners.