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Rochester family concerned about tracking sex offender

ROCHESTER, Minn. (FOX 47) -- When a sex offender is released into a neighborhood under surveillance there is always a cause for concern. But what one Rochester family in particular is concerned about is the how difficult it can be to track an offender.

Tom Petersen of Rochester has been through a lot in the past seven years. In 2006, his 14 year old daughter was sexually assaulted.

Joshua Winsky was found guilty of that crime back in 2006 and has been in and out of custody since then.

In October of 2012, Winsky had been released into a neighborhood not far from Petersen's home, in the vicinity of the 4200 block of 22nd Avenue Northwest in Rochester.

And now Winsky is back in custody.

"I want a better information system. When a level 3 offender is released into custody and not where he is supposed to be. That's first and foremost when the community should know," Peterson said Monday.

Petersen did say he had received a letter stating that Winsky's status had changed. But he said he wasn't able to determine what that meant at the time.

Winsky is currently being held in the Olmsted County Adult Detention Center on a felony charge.

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