Thursday, June 7, 2018
Child Predator Convicted, No Jail, 2 years Probation, No Registration, Lives by Woodbury Elementary and Middle School
This is another article about the combined issue of weak charges, weak sentencing, and it all revolves around weak MN sex offender law. Over a dozen examples just like this and worse in just two years and in Washington
County alone. Check out http://wcwatchdog.com/local-
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Over two years ago in April of 2016. According to the criminal complaint, John Gary Kipka, age 37, responded to an online post titled "Life can be frustrating for a high school girl." After some chatting back and forth he asked her age. She said 15. His response was "Damn could be fun, but bad for both of us."
Kipka continued by asking sexual questions and explained in detail the sexual things he'd like to do to her. Eventually he asked to meet her for sex stating it would have to be kept a secret.
John Kipka arranged to meet the child at a Super America gas station in Woodbury. When he arrived he was arrested and informed he had been speaking to the Woodbury police, not a child.
The Washington County Prosecutor's office run by Pete Orput charged him with Sexual Communication with a child. Kipka was convicted two years later and this child predator will only have to serve two years of probation. He will not have to register as a sex offender. According to case records the conviction will be deemed a Gross Misdemeanor. The child predator's lawyer was Ed Simonet out of Stillwater.
The County attorney Pete Orput and the prosecutor Imran Ali did not respond to question on why they didn't charge him with soliciting a minor for sex. This felony charge, if convicted, would have at least required sex offender registration for a short time. The max length to be registered is 10 years in MN. This is concerning because, for the two years before conviction he was not prevented from living at his apartment, a block from Woodbury Elementary and Middle school and because his charged crime and conviction are so weak.
The judge's hands are tied in situations like this. They can't charge for crimes and they are held to very weak sentencing guidelines once they are convicted.
The sex offender list is NOT public. There are nearly 20,000 registered sex offenders in MN and only about 700 are level 3 offenders that you occasionally hear about moving into the "general area" of a city.
Last year and this year not one sex offender bill passed. Half the bills to make stronger sex offender laws were held back in the house. Senator Warren Limmer called them "non starters" and refused to discuss them in conference committee. The rest were killed in the Senate by the lead of Senator Limmer and Julie Rosen in conference committee. Both refused to comment so far.
If you hope to see any law change continue to contact law makers, especially Warren Limmer.
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DEFENDANT: John Gary Kipka
Lives a block from Woodbury Middle School
MN AGENCY: Woodbury Police Department
JUDGE: John C. Hoffman
CONVICTION: Engage in Electronic Communication Relating or Describing Sexual Conduct with Child
SENTENCE: Sentenced as gross misdemeanor; 2 years of probation; 2 days jail credited, 30 days to be served in HUBER program, 30 days to be served under Sentenced to Serve, 303 days stayed, that means if he breaks probation he could serve the 303 days. It's incentive to not break probation.
criminal history according to BCA:
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