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UPDATE: Police say release of Level 3 offender in Wadena is temporary

Joshua Lee Holby becomes a temporary resident of Wadena on Tuesday, June 14.

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WADENA — Convicted sex offender Joshua L. Holby is being released in Wadena on Tuesday, June 14, temporarily, according Wadena Police.

A community notification meeting is set to take place at 3 p.m., Sunday, June 12, at the Wadena Police/Fire Hall at 121 East Colfax Ave. Entry to the meeting will be on the south side of the building where posted. Representatives from the Department of Corrections and the Wadena Police Department will be available to provide you with useful information on public safety.

Holby, age, 36, was set to be released in Alexandria on June 8, but plans changed, according to a news release from the Wadena Police Department. He will live in the vicinity of Bryant Avenue Southeast.
Plans changed again when the Wadena Police Department released on Thursday, June 9, that Holby's release in Wadena was just temporary.

Holby was convicted of kidnapping in January 2019, a charge for which he was sentenced to be committed to the commissioner of corrections correctional facility in St. Cloud for 86 months, with 491 days credit for time served, according to the Alexandria Echo Press.

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He was also sentenced to pay $1,988.36 in fees and must register as a predatory offender.

Other charges against Holby — kidnapping and false imprisonment — were dismissed at the time of his conviction.

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The charges against Holby stem from his participation in the kidnapping of an Alexandria girl , Jasmine Block, who was 15 at the time. She was taken from her Alexandria home in August 2017 and held for several weeks. Two other men were also charged in the crime, Thomas Barker and Steven Powers.

According to the notification of release, Holby "gained access to the victim while aiding his co-defendants as an accessory to their sexual and physical assaults. He and his accomplices used violence, fear and mood-altering substances to maintain control."

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The statement of probable cause in the case reads that the girl escaped from her captors in September 2017 after swimming across a lake and getting a ride from a passing driver. Holby had no prior criminal record.

Holby will be living in a jurisdiction outside of Douglas County.

The Wadena Police Department adds this with their news release:
"This individual has served the sentence imposed on them by the court and is transitioning into the community. This notification is not intended to increase fear but rather raise awareness. Law enforcement believes that an informed public is a safer public.
"The Wadena Police Department may not direct where this individual does or does not reside, nor can this agency direct where he/she works or goes to school.

"Those convicted of sexual or predatory offenses have always been released to live in our communities. It was not until the passage of the Registration Act that law enforcement had an ability to track movement of these individuals after their initial release. With the passage of the Community Notification Act law enforcement may now share information about many of these individuals with the public. Abuse of this information to threaten, harass or intimidate a registered individual is unacceptable and such acts could be charged as a crime. Such abuses could potentially end the ability of law enforcement to provide these notifications."

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