Shakopee police arrested a level 3 predatory offender on Wednesday who they say had been living in the 4500 block of Bulrush Boulevard for two months without registering his address.
Jeffrey Alan Truelson, 52, was being held at the Scott County Jail as of Thursday morning.
According to court records, Truelson was convicted of fifth-degree gross misdemeanor criminal sexual conduct in Meeker County in 1998. Later that same year, he was convicted of two counts first-degree felony criminal sexual conduct, one count of felony terroristic threats, one count of third-degree assault and one count of receiving stolen property.
The charges stemmed from the same incident, court records indicate, and he was sentenced to 10 months in prison and five months of supervised release.
Truelson’s criminal history also includes convictions for motor vehicle theft, stalking, disorderly conduct, DWI, violating a domestic abuse no contact order, fleeing an officer in a motor vehicle and previously violating his registration requirements. None of his previous offenses were in Scott County.
According to a St. Paul Police Department fact sheet released as public notification when Truelson moved to St. Paul in 2017, Truelson has a history of rape with female victims ages 15 and 18. In one instance, Truelson approached the girl in public and tried to force her into his car, according to the fact sheet. He reportedly has a history of using force and threats to gain compliance.
According to a press release from the Shakopee Police Department, Truelson went to the police department on Monday to register his address in the 4500 block of Bulrush Boulevard in Shakopee. The department’s investigations team determined Truelson had been living at that address since January, which is a violation of the state’s offender registration act. The state of Minnesota requires level 3 sexual and predatory offenders to register their address with local law enforcement.
If Truelson decides to remain in Shakopee once he is released from jail, the police said they will notify the community and coordinate a public notification meeting as allowed by state statute with advance notice.
“This is a serious matter, and the Shakopee Police Department is committed to ensuring the public has as much information as possible,” the press release stated. “We understand this is not news anyone wants to hear, ourselves included. However, these offenders have served the sentence imposed by the court and communities cannot direct where an offender may reside or how he travels through a community.”
The police department has set up a web page with additional information about predatory offenders at ShakopeeMN.gov/police/predatoryoffenders.
The press release noted the Shakopee Police Department is the only department in Minnesota certified by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children’s Readiness Project.