Level 3 predatory offender relocates to Albert Lea

(ABC 6 News) – The Albert Lea Police Department in accordance with Minnesota’s Community Notification Act are releasing information regarding a Level 3 predatory offender’s change of residence.

Richard Villarreal, 37, changed his address to the 1300 block of Academy Avenue in Albert Lea as of Nov. 8, 2022.

According to Albert Lea Police, Villarreal has a history of engaging in sexual contact with known female children and teenagers. Villarreal has served the sentence imposed on him by the court and is transitioning into the community.

Since the passage of the Registration Act of 1991, law enforcement has a right to know an offender’s residence or track their moves after his/her initial release from custody.

With the passage of the Community Notification Act, law enforcement now may share information with the public about offenders which creates an informed community that can engage with law enforcement to address any concerns and/or issues involving these individuals.

Albert Lea Police say the release of this information is to enhance public safety and protection and is intended to raise awareness, not fear.

Albert Lea Police also say they may not direct where this individual does or does not reside, nor direct where he/she works or goes to school.