High-risk offender pleads guilty to cutting GPS bracelet

Published 2:21 pm Tuesday, October 3, 2017

A high-risk predatory offender who cut his GPS bracelet last November pleaded guilty on Tuesday in Freeborn County District Court.

Cody Padraic Trott, 27, pleaded guilty to felony fleeing from custody.

Court documents state Trott was charged after he ran from a Minnesota Department of Corrections agent who visited him at his house Nov. 9 in Albert Lea. The Fugitive Apprehension Unit reportedly responded, and the cut GPS bracelet was found on Front Street, court documents state.

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Trott was arrested three days later and transported to the Minnesota Correctional Facility in Stillwater. 

Cody Padraic Trott

At the time, Trott was on intensive supervised release after finishing his four-year prison sentence for third-degree criminal sexual conduct in July 2016. He was placed on electronic monitoring at the time and was ordered to wear a tracking bracelet. He is classified as a Level 3 offender, an offender with the highest risk of re-offending.

Authorities were looking to commit Trott as a sexually-dangerous offender. In requesting Trott’s commitment of indeterminate length, the Minnesota Office of the Attorney General alleged Trott is a sexually-dangerous person as defined by state statutes. The case was reportedly dismissed in late July after doctors did not recommend his commitment.

District Court Judge Steven Schwab released Trott on his own recognizance on Tuesday, contingent on him keeping contact with his probation officer, not leaving Minnesota without written court appeal, remaining law abiding and signing a waiver of extradition.

Trott is living in the area of 11th Street and Margaretha Avenue. 

Sentencing is scheduled for Dec. 14. Trott is expected to be placed on probation, said Freeborn County Attorney David Walker.

Trott has been in and out of prison since he was a juvenile and has had at least two sex-related offenses that landed him in prison.

He has a history of sexual conduct — including inappropriate touching and penetration — with vulnerable juvenile victims, both male and female, ages 12 to 16, according to police.

He took advantage of the victims’ vulnerable states and used force to gain compliance.

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Sam Wilmes covers crime, courts and government for the Albert Lea Tribune.

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