In the Southwest Judicial District Court, held on Aug. 8th, in Hettinger, with William Herauf presiding, Heath Bittle was convicted for failure to register as a sex offender.
By JENNIFER GARREAU
Bittle plead guilty to the offence on Aug. 7th, and was sentence by Judge Herauf to 90 days in jail, with work release, one year probation and was fined $525 for court fees. Judge Herauf also suspended a $1,000 fine.
Failure to register as a sex offender is a Class C Felony with a maximum penalty of five years imprisonment, a fine of $10,000 or both.
Bittle was convicted of offenses in High River, Alberta, Canada for which registration as a high risk sexual offender is required. He moved to Adams County on or about, May 1, 2014, and failed to register within three days of coming into the County as required by law.
“This is a very serious offence and this office will prosecute any sex offender who fails to register in Adams County,” said States Attorney, Aaron Roseland.
Bittle makes the total number of five sex offenders in the county. Other offenders include:
Joshua Tyler Holt, residing at 601 3rd St., Apt 2, in Reeder. He was charged with gross sexual imposition in 2009, and is a moderate level offender.
Michelle Renee Kitchen, residing at 601 2nd Ave., in Reeder. She was charged with rape in the third degree in 2002, in Oregon and is considered at low level offender.
Jeremy Lee Lurz, residing at 300 11th Ave. N., in Hettinger. He was charged with child sexual abuse in 2010, in Brown County Nebraska. He is considered a low level offender.
Corey Privratsky, residing at 105 5th St. NE., in Hettinger. He was charged with corruption and solicitation of a minor in 2010, and is considered a low level offender.
For additional information concerning these and any other registered sex offenders in the state, and information about protecting your family, go to North Dakota Sex Offender website, www.sexoffender.nd.gov or call the Adams County Sheriff’s Office.
Community notification is the responsibility of the local law enforcement agency. Attempts to harass, intimidate or threaten these offenders or their families, landlords or employers will be turned over for prosecution.
On July, 28th, Congressman Kevin Cramer announced that the state of North Dakota Office of the Attorney General will receive more than $30,000 from the U.S. Department of Justice for the implementation of the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act, which includes programs to protect children and adults from sexual exploitation and violent crime, prevent child abuse and child pornography, and promote internet safety.
“The implementation of sex offender registry programs at the state level is a critical part of our defense against these horrific crimes. We must continue to strengthen and broaden our response against sex offenders in every community,” said Cramer.
U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp, added, that it is important to her that these funds be used to help ensure “North Dakotans are aware if sexual predators live in their communities.”