Level 3 sex offender arrested, jailed

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Almost two months after moving to Winnebago, a Level 3 sex offender is back behind bars.

James Nicholas Dahlager, 38, according to the Faribault County Jail’s roster website, was arrested Thursday, Dec. 5, and booked into the facility at 1:02 p.m.

Dahlager was taken into custody by county authorities for an alleged probation violation.

“All I know is that he is being held in our facility for the Department of Corrections,” says Chief Deputy Scott Adams.

Dahlager was released from a state prison on Oct. 15 and transported to Winnebago by two Intensive Supervised Release (ISR) program agents to his new residence located on the 500 block of South Main Street.

During a community notification meeting held Oct. 22, Dahlager’s agent — Eric Starke – reassured those in attendance that he wouldn’t be allowed, “to walk freely around town,” and that all his movements had to be pre-approved.

Because Dahlager is a Level 3 registrant he was required to be on GPS monitoring for at least 60 days but it could be longer if deemed necessary.

In 2000, Dahlager was convicted of second-degree criminal sexual conduct involving a 12-year-old girl in Brown County and sent to prison.

Dahlager also had a juvenile offense when he was 13 and sexually assaulted a 4-year-old girl.

Brad VanderVegt, community notification coordinator with the state’s Department of Corrections, says Dahlager assaulted one of his victims while attending a religious service.

Dahlager’s criminal history includes convictions of aggravated first-degree robbery in LeSueur and Lyon counties.

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