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Ryan Emmett Moore is charged with criminal sexual conduct.

Starbuck man, Level 3 sex offender, charged for alleged sexual assault

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GLENWOOD -- A 33-year-old Starbuck man, who is classified as a Level 3 sex offender, made his first court appearance Wednesday on two criminal sexual conduct charges for allegedly sexually assaulting a woman.

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Ryan Emmett Moore was ordered held on $100,000 unconditional bail. His next appearance is Monday in Pope County District Court.

Level 3 is the state Department of Correction's classification for defendants deemed most likely to reoffend.

Moore was arrested Tuesday after officers from Starbuck Police, Buffalo Police Department, state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension and the West Central Drug Task Force served a search warrant on his home in Starbuck.

According to the criminal complaint, the investigation by Starbuck police began when a 30-year-old woman presented herself at the emergency room of Buffalo Hospital and said she had been sexually assaulted by Moore.

The woman reported that she had traveled from Maple Lake to Starbuck to stay with Moore for a few days on Oct. 5. She said that she had observed Moore smoking methamphetamine on Oct. 7 and that while he was high on meth, he sexually assaulted her. The woman got a ride back to Wright County and then reported the incident.

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Gretchen Schlosser

Gretchen Schlosser is the public safety reporter, and writes about agriculture occasionally, for the West Central Tribune. She's been with the Tribune since 2006 and has 17 years of experience working in news, media and communications. 

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