Sex offender goes back to prison

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The number of Level 3 sex offenders living in Winnebago is down to two.

James Nicholas Dahlager, 38, has been returned to prison in Stillwater after being arrested on Dec. 5 by Faribault County Authorities for an alleged probation violation.

Sarah Fitzgerald, director of communications and media relations with the state’s Department of Corrections (DOC), says Dahlager was held in jail until the DOC conducted a hearing.

“After the hearing, if the violation is substantiated, it will become public information,” says Fitzgerald. has been unable obtain information regarding the nature of Dahlager’s probation violation.

Fitzgerald says Dahlager was on supervised release with Ramsey County Community Corrections before moving to Winnebago.

According to the DOC website, Dahlager was returned to Stillwater on Dec. 10 and his anticipated release date is July 26, 2020.

Dahlager was released from prison on Oct. 15 and transported to Winnebago by two Intensive Supervised Release (ISR) program agents.

In 2000, he was convicted of second-degree criminal sexual conduct involving a 12-year-old girl in Brown County.

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

Dahlager reportedly assaulted one of victims while attending a religious service.

His criminal history also includes convictions of aggravated first-degree robbery in LeSueur and Lyon counties.

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