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Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Man Who Tried to Have Sex with 14 and 12 year old at Lake Elmo Park, Only gets a Year in Prison and 5 years Probation

Joe Perkins
In September of 2016 Joseph Thor Perkins, number 29 on our list, began communicating with who he thought was a 14 year old child online, according to the criminal complaint. The child was actually the detectives with the Washington County Sheriff's office conducting a sex sting; but he appeared to have no clue. He spoke to who he thought was a 14 year old and her 12 year old cousin for several weeks continuing to ask over and over to meet to have sex: "he repeatedly stated he knew she was 14 years old and wanted to have sex with her any way" [...] "He also at one time suggested she bring her 12 year old cousin along."

"Child 1" stated that she was 14 years old. The response was, "that's not too young. In my opinion, age is just a number and pussy is just pussy."

It's disturbing how open the child predators are speaking to children like this in every single example with the dozens of men caught in the child sex stings over the last few years in Washington County. Likely this comes because they have become emboldened over the years of meeting and raping children to the point they've lost the fear of being caught. 

This is no different for Joseph Perkins in this case, who admitted in conversation with undercover police acting as the child that he "had sex or done sexual things with quite a few underage pussies."

On October 27, 2016 Perkins made arrangements to meet at Lake Elmo Park Reserve in Washington County in order to have sex with the 14 year old child in his truck the next day at 8am in exchange for $250. When he arrived he was told to drive up to the boat launch and did just that. Then he was arrested and eventually charged with soliciting a child for sexual conduct it appears.

Nearly two years later, in Dakota County District Court, Joseph Perkins was convicted for only possession of Child porn. According the BCA website, it appears he was sent to St. Cloud Prison for just over a year (15 months) with 213 days time served in jail between the crime and conviction. When he gets out he will only have 5 years of probation and therefore only 5 years on the sex offender registry it appears.

According to the MN Department Of Corrections there are “17,400 registered (active) predatory offenders” in MN Like Joe Perkins and worse. That is only 2% of registered and “active” sex offenders who are required to be on the not public registry. 98% of sex offenders are not on the registry because 10 years is the max time in MN.  Plus, 75% of sex offenders have not been assigned to a sex offender level to even make the not public list so you can understand there’s a lot more than 17,400 sex offenders in MN.

The solution is in Minnesota law makers hands to make it so no sex crime against a child goes without mandated prison time and lifetime sex offender registration. Currently most child rapists rarely do more than a year in jail and no more than 10 years on the sex offender registry. See more about the solution here: Rampant Sex Crime on Children, in Just 2yrs, 10 Cases From County Alone, 8 Simple Laws to Update

The problem is further explained in our related article: 
Please contact your legislators:
For many more examples from Washington County of convicted sex offenders still on our streets see our other posts here:

AKA: Joe Perkins
DOB: 9/25/1981
According to the criminal complaint he lives across the street from an elementary school, a middle school, and a park at his last known address.
5761 143rd Avenue N 
Apple Valley, MN 55124
DATE: 10/31/2016
I: Solicit Child or Believe to be a Child Through Electronic Communication to Engage in Sexual Conduct;
Maximum Sentence: 3 years and $5,000
Convicted on 03/22/2018
617.247.4(a) | Possess Pornographic Work-Computer Disk/Electronic/Magnetic/Optical Image w/Porn-Felony
MN Correctional Facility - St. Cloud: 15 month(s), 5 years in prison if he violates probation
Dakota County Jail: 213 Days time served
Probation Dakota County Community Corrections: 5Y
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