Predatory offender allegedly failed to register

FAIRMONT — A Fairmont man is facing a felony charge in Martin County.

Kenneth Marquez Tuncle, 44, has been charged knowingly violating registration requirements for a predatory offender, which carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

According to the complaint:

On April 16, a Fairmont police officer was notified that Tuncle was believed to be in violation of his registration requirements under the Minnesota Predatory Offender Act. Two individuals advised the officer that Tuncle had been living at their residence in the 600 block of North Orient Street for about two weeks, but had been kicked out that day. Neither individual knew where Tuncle was currently residing.

A check on Tuncle’s registration documents shows a residence in the 1300 block of North Park Street as his primary residence. The officer spoke to the current resident and was advised that Tuncle had been kicked out two to three weeks prior.

On May 9, another officer interviewed Tuncle at the Martin County jail. During the interview, Tuncle said he had been living at the residence on North Park Street but had also been staying “here and there” with other people.

The officer told Tuncle he knew he had been at the residence on North Orient and Tuncle later admitted he was staying and sleeping at that residence. He also admitted to keeping his belongings there at that time. He also admitted he did not register any of the places he was staying since he was kicked out of the residence on North Park.

Tuncle indicated he knew it was wrong that he did not change his registration information.

Tuncle has previously been convicted of a Predatory Offender Registration violation in January 2013.

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