Level 3 sex offender who sexually assaulted an infant moves to St. Paul

Under Minnesota law, offenders are only required to serve two-thirds of their executed sentence incarcerated and the remaining third on supervised release.

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A Level 3 sex offender previously convicted of sexually assaulting an infant is out of prison after serving only eight years of a twelve-year sentence and has moved to a neighborhood in St. Paul.

Errick Noe Rios, 32, moved to the 600 block of Victoria Street earlier this month, according to a notification released by the St. Paul Police Department.

Rios was charged in 2012 after Maplewood police were dispatched to an address in that city to check the welfare of an infant, according to a contemporaneous report on the charges.

The original charges stated that police found the infant “swaddled in layers of blankets and clothing inside a hot and muggy bedroom.” Police saw bruises and scabs on his body and the infant was taken to Children’s Hospital in St. Paul.

In a statement to police at the time, Rios admitted hitting the baby and said he squeezed the infant’s stomach, bit the boy’s face and held his mouth over the running faucet. Rios later told police that he had performed oral sex on the infant.

Upon examination, the baby was found to have cracked ribs in addition to bruising and scratches.

Rios was subsequently charged with first-degree criminal sexual conduct, two counts of third-degree assault and domestic assault by strangulation, all felonies.

Rios ultimately pled guilty only to the first-degree criminal sexual conduct charge and was sentenced to twelve years in prison. The other three charges were dismissed at sentencing by Judge Joanne M. Smith.

Under Minnesota law, offenders are only required to serve two-thirds of their executed sentence incarcerated and the remaining third on supervised release.

Rios was given credit for 60 days already served in jail at the time of sentencing, and was released from prison in August after having served only eight years in prison, or two-thirds of the twelve-year sentence.

Rios is required to register as a predatory offender for life. He is currently under intensive supervised release and will remain under supervision until 2034. The St. Paul Police Department said that a community notification meeting about Rios will be held at a later date.

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