Part 2 of sex offender workshop in Northland complete

By KBJR News 1

Part 2 of sex offender workshop in Northland complete

May 28, 2014 Updated May 28, 2014 at 8:35 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- Registered sexual offenders continue to be a cause of concern for many people living in Duluth.

But a series of workshops is designed to reduce those concerns.

Wednesday night's gathering at Lincoln Park Middle School included a discussion with a local housing representative.

Speakers say when sexual offenders are released from jail they're much less likely to go back for similar offenses if they have they have the support of their families and communities.

Law enforcement officials say most sex crimes are committed by someone without a previous criminal sexual conduct conviction.

"So many people actually just are fear based, and don't know but assume somebody coming into Lincoln Park is a child molester. Well often times somebody who has a record is actually just somebody who was a teenager who happened to be dating another teenager," said Sarah Kilgour of One Roof Community Housing.

The three-part series will conclude on Wednesday June 25th.