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June 25, 2014

Predatory offender charged with failure to register

Whiteaker previously pleaded guilty to criminal vehicular homicide

MANKATO — The Mankato predatory offender who was convicted in 2011 in a high profile hit-and-run death has been charged with a felony for failing to register his current residence.

Aaron Whiteaker, 24, had not been living at his registered address for over a month a Mankato police officer determined on March 19, according to the criminal complaint. He was charged last week.

Whiteaker was convicted of a gross misdemeanor count of fifth-degree criminal sexual conduct in 2009, resulting in him being required to register as a predatory offender

Whiteaker's most high-profile conviction was in 2011 for a felony county of criminal vehicular homicide. He was convicted of running over 20-year old Burnsville resident Thanh Tri Vu during a brawl and fleeing the scene. Vu died of his injuries.

In the 2014 address registration case, the officer spoke with the residents, who said they were unsure of Whiteaker's current address. They provided a cellphone number to the officer that was allegedly his new number. The officer determined the number did not match his registered number. The officer received no answer when he called the number.

Whiteaker was convicted in 2013 for the same offense. He is serving time in jail for that incident violating his criminal sexual conduct conviction and his hit-and-run conviction. His violation in the new charges occurred before he was incarcerated.

In the case, he was also not at his registered address and he did not respond to calls to his registered phone number. He eventually contacted the investigation officer after his parents were contacted. He promised the officer he would appear at the police department on a certain date. He failed to make an appearance, to call the officer and to update his contact information, resulting in charges being filed.

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