Dispute over sex offender laws in registry case

MINOT, N.D. - A case making its way through district court in Minot may have exposed a flaw in the state's sex offender registry laws.

Forty-eight-year-old Paul Henrikson faces a felony charge of failing to register as a sex offender.

Prosecutors have accused Henrikson of not complying with sex offender rules.

Testimony Thursday indicated that Henrikson did file paperwork to register in Minot, but did not follow through on notifying the authorities of his updated address within three days.

The debate is whether state law requires a person to follow through with the three-day notice, or if that's just monitored by the department of corrections.

The judge found probable cause to move forward with the charge, but left open the option for Henrikson's defense to file for dismissal.

A Minot patrolman first noticed the apparent lapse in registration during a routine traffic stop.

Henrikson pleaded guilty in 2007 to a charge of gross sexual imposition, but those case files are sealed.