The Pine County Sheriff’s Office reports that Howard Lawrence Wanna Jr., 43, returned to the area on Aug. 28 and moved into a residence on the 700 block of 2nd Avenue SW in Pine City.
Wanna is considered a Level 3 Predatory Offender. This is the highest level of sexual predator, and is based on Wanna’s previous acts and likelihood of reoffending.
Wanna has a history of sexual contact with victims (female age 13). Contact included penetration, and Wanna was known to the victims.
His criminal history includes assault, possession of firearms and fleeing police in a motor vehicle. His last sexual offense was in 1996.
In 2014, a warrant was issued for Wanna after he was not found at his residence when his supervising agent did a routine check. Wanna was later apprehended at a residence in Pine County by the Department of Corrections Fugitive Unit and the Pine County Sheriff’s Office.
Wanna has served the sentence imposed on him by the court and is not wanted by the police.
Wanna is white, 6’0’’, 197 pounds, and has brown hair and brown eyes.
Wanna has previously lived in both Sandstone and Hinckley in Pine County.
Because of the nature of Wanna’s crimes he is required to register with law enforcement pursuant to Minnesota Statues 243.166 or 243.167.
A notification meeting is being held on Tuesday, Sept. 10 at 6 p.m. in Pine City in the Pine County Boardroom at 635 Northridge Drive NW, Pine City, MN 55063.
Questions and concerns will be addressed at this time.
The sheriff’s office pointed out that this notification is not intended to increase fear in the community. Law enforcement believes that an informed public is a safer public.
The Pine County Sheriff’s Office may not direct where the offender does or does not reside, nor can the agency direct where he works or goes to school.
The sheriff’s office fact sheet also notes that convicted sexual and predatory offenders have always been released to live in communities across Minnesota. It was not until the passage of the Registration Act that law enforcement had an ability to track movement of these offenders after their initial release, and share information about many of these offenders with the public.
The fact sheet also points out that threatening, harassing or intimidating a registered offender is unacceptable and such acts could be charged as a crime. Such abuses could potentially end the ability of law enforcement to provide these notifications. If community notification ends the only person who wins is the offender. Many of these offenders derive their power from the opportunity that secrecy provides
The Pine County Sheriff’s Office is available to provide residents with useful information on personal safety and may be reached at 320-629-8380. To report criminal activity by this registrant or any other individual call 911.