The Free Press, Mankato, MN

March 28, 2013

Sex offender has moved to Savage

Gregory Ward wasn't able to move to Mankato, Kasota

The Free Press

MANKATO — A former level three sex offender who lost his housing options after community meetings in Mankato and Kasota last year has been released from jail after finding a place to live in Savage.

Gregory Eugene Ward, 47, was relesed from jail earlier this month after notifying the Savage Police Department of his plans. Savage Police Chief Rodney Seurer told the Prior Lake American newspaper that he decided against having a community notification meeting, but to notify residents in other ways.

Ward is moving to an area on Highway 13 that is mostly commercial and a previous meeting in that area only drew a few people, Seurer said.

Ward has a history of sex offenses dating back to the 1990s. They include fondling children he knew in Scott County and attacking a woman he didn't know on the Sakatah Trail in Blue Earth County and attempting to force her to have sex.

He was wanted by police for 14 years before he was arrested in Mankato in 2010 after police received a tip that he was visiting his mother.