By Melanie Orlins
GRAND FORKS (WDAZ-TV) - A Grand Forks man is upset his home address was released to the public as the home of a sex offender.
Roland Riemers is temporarily house 24-year-old [name withheld], who is a high-risk sex offender, and now Riemers has filed a complaint against a Grand Forks police officer.
Riemers says the police have put him in danger by releasing his address to the public. He thinks there may be people out there who want to harm him and his family, but police say they were just following normal procedure.
- And his worry if legitimate, see here or here.
Riemers owns apartments in downtown Grand Forks, but right now he doesn't have any openings. So when [name withheld] came to Riemers looking for a place to live, Riemers opened his own front door.
"I always review their criminal records and backgrounds and after reviewing his I could find nothing really that bad," Riemers said.
Aggravated sexual assault in 2003 for raping a woman and has a lifetime registration requirement.
Officer Brian Robbins says he was just doing his job.
"One of our responsibilities as laid out in the North Dakota Century Code is to notify the public of a high-risk or sometimes a moderate-risk sex offender," Robbins said.
"They were following department policy in that matter," Lieutenant Roger Pohlman said.
Riemers filed a complaint against officer Robbins saying he invaded his privacy and potentially his safety.
"Since the complaint was basically the law was violated, we could not substantiate that but we did forward it to the district attorney for an official opinion," Pohlman said.
Riemers believes the police shouldn't notify the public if there is any sex offender in the area, instead he thinks the police should just follow them behind the scenes.
- I totally agree. The online registry (hit-list) should be taken offline and used by police only.
"It's just crazy how they go about this whole system," Riemers said.
But police say with a high-risk offender in the area, they aren't taking any chances.
"The risk level dictates the type of release that is made," Pohlman said.
Police follow the laws that are laid out in the North Dakota Century Code which requires them to notify the public of any sex offenders in the area.