Level 3 predatory offender returning to Blaine

A registered Level 3 predatory offender is moving back to his old Blaine home after being released from prison.

The Blaine Police Department March 13 issued a press release to inform the public that Belford William Reitz, 42, would be moving back to his home in the 10600 block of Terrace Road NE.

Belford William Reitz

Belford William Reitz

There will be no public information meeting because this is the same home he lived in before he was sent back to prison, according to Blaine police. Neither the Minnesota Department of Corrections nor the Blaine Police Department can dictate where he lives.

According to the Minnesota Department of Corrections, Reitz was originally released Aug. 23, 2010 to Blaine. He was returned to prison Sept. 9, 2011 for violations of his release conditions but not for a new crime. He is scheduled to be released March 24, 2014. He will be under supervision of the Anoka County Community Corrections until his sentence expires March 8, 2015.

According to a fact sheet released by Blaine police, Reitz has a history of sexual contact with male and female victims ages six to 13. Contact included fondling and force was used to gain compliance. Reitz’s victims knew him prior to the incidents.

Authorities recommend parents always take vigilant steps, not just in watching out for Reitz, but being aware of other adults who are around their children even if they are not strangers.

Some tips include knowing where your children are at all times, building self-esteem in your child and being supportive in listening to their fears and replacing it with knowledge, teach them about making better decisions and that they have the right to say no when they sense something is wrong. Parents are also encouraged to interview and monitor babysitters, group leaders, youth pastors and other adults your children are around when you are not there, and roleplay safety situations with them.

Eric Hagen is at eric.hagen@ecm-inc.com

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