What happens when someone convicted of a sex crime has served his or her time? They get out of jail and move into a neighborhood. Maybe your neighborhood.
In March, a public notification meeting was held announcing that Michael Shawn Klappenbach, 40, was about to be released to an address on Pirz Lake Road, a dead-end road along the north end of Pirz Lake in Eden Lake Township, rural Paynesville. The home belongs, we have learned, to his elderly grandparents. The hitch then was that Klappenbach had not yet completed court-
ordered therapy. He has now completed the therapy, and his sentence has been served. He was scheduled to move into the home Monday, Oct. 14, this week.
Klappenbach was convicted of sexual contact with a 15-year-old girl whom he met online and arranged to meet in-person. He also, it is reported, is a peeping Tom.
According to the Minnesota Department of Corrections, Klappenbach is 5’10”, 217 lbs., and has brown hair and blue eyes; he was released Oct. 13.
Although he can no longer be held in jail, having served his time, Klappenbach has been identified as a Level III offender, most likely to reoffend.
He will be under supervision by Stearns County, although we do not know the terms or for how long. If there are any problems, call Stearns County Sheriff’s Office at (320) 259-3700.
Klappenbach was scheduled to move this week to a home on Pirz Lake Road in Eden Lake Township. DOC photo.