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Public meeting on sex offender scheduled

Cloquet police will hold a public meeting Thursday to inform the public about a Level III sex offender living in the community. Level III sex offenders are considered at high risk to reoffend.

Cloquet police will hold a public meeting Thursday to inform the public about a Level III sex offender living in the community. Level III sex offenders are considered at high risk to reoffend.

Christopher Steven Ash, 33, is living on the 400 block of 10th Street. He is white with a fair complexion, has blond hair and blue eyes, stands 5 foot 9 and weighs 235 pounds.

Ash was convicted in State District Court in Duluth in May 1999 of third-degree sexual assault. According to the criminal complaint filed with the charges, Ash, a cab driver, picked up a woman at a home on Ryan Road in November 1998. The woman was apparently drunk and said she wanted to go to the Duluth Detoxification Center.

On the way, Ash said he needed to get cigarettes and stopped across the street from the Milk House at 5402 E. Superior St. After pulling into the parking lot of a vacant building, he activated the electric door locks and sexually assaulted her, the complaint says. Ash later returned the woman to the Ryan Road home.

Thursday's meeting begins at 6 p.m. in the Cloquet High School Auditorium.

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