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Sex offender captured at Burchinal residence on warrant

This news story was published on January 4, 2012.
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For a 2nd time in two months 53–year-old Mitchel Rex Willette, a convicted Minnesota sex offender, has been captured by Cerro Gordo County Sheriff’s deputies at a Burchinal residence for an outstanding warrant. This time in addition to the warrant authorities are alleging he has been illegally residing there.

Shortly after 4pm Tuesday two Cerro Gordo County deputies searched a residence owned by John and Doreen McLaughlin at 11901 2nd Street in Burchinal. (Photo from Cerro Gordo County property records.)

Deputies have searched this same residence for him several times since December 19th after Willete failed to appear to an arraignment in Cerro Gordo County for an assault causing bodily injury charge. The charge stems from a November incident with another inmate in the Cerro Gordo County jail while Willette was awaiting extradition to Minnesota.

Willette was last found and arrested at the same residence on November 5th for a Minnesota warrant for failure to register as a sex offender-predatory offender. In that case he was held in the Cerro Gordo County jail until November 17th when Willette was extradited to Minnesota on the sex offender registry charge.

As a result of being found at this residence on two separate occasions he was charged today with one felony count of failing to register as a sex offender in Iowa. Willette is required to register in Iowa if he sleeps or resides somewhere other than he is registered within five days according to Iowa law.

Court records show he was charged in 1995 with two counts of criminal sexual conduct in the 2nd degree in Mower County, Minnesota. In 1997 he was found guilty of one of the charges, 609.343.1A criminal sexual conduct in the 2nd degree.

Minnesota statute 609.343.1A states; “A person who engages in sexual contact with another person is guilty of criminal sexual conduct in the second degree if any of the following circumstances exists: (a) the complainant is under 13 years of age and the actor is more than 36 months older than the complainant. Neither mistake as to the complainant’s age nor consent to the act by the complainant is a defense. In a prosecution under this clause, the state is not required to prove that the sexual contact was coerced.”

Willette was sentenced to 30 months in Minnesota State Prison for the sex offense against the child.

In 2007 Willette was convicted while living in Albert Lea, Minnesota of a felony count of 243.166.5(a) knowingly violating registration requirement or intentionally provides false information-predatory offender. Willette was sentenced to 22 months in Minnesota state prison for that offense.

Willette is currently being held in the Cerro Gordo county jail on a $7000 cash only bond pending further court proceedings.

Mitchel Rex Willette


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10 Responses to Sex offender captured at Burchinal residence on warrant

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    Rex Suiter Reply Report comment

    June 5, 2017 at 6:36 am

    Do any of you people have a grade-school education? The coments here are rediculous and uninformed. Most im sure are people that know the owner of that house, Doreen. What a great bunch. What they arent saying is what brought this man to iowa. Doreen and her husband were his friends and he hadnt seen then for a while. During his absense Doreen was diagnosed with an ‘unsurvivable’ form of lung/brain cancer. A tumor was removed from her brain and the neurologist informed the family she had a .02% chance of living 6 months. Upon that news her husband of 33 years died suddenly, some say he couldnt live life without her..Mitch showed up shortly after that. He wanted to tell them about the great job he got in st paul, he wanted to tell them he probably wouldnt be seeing much of them for a while. When Doreen pulled up to her house Mitch was there and Doreen fell into his arms sobbing uncontrolably….all she wanted was to spend her last days at home, but there were problems. Mitch was shocked that the only water available was a dribble of cold water in the kitchen. How could she keep her kitchen clean enough to simply cook? Doreen went to lighr her furnace which was next to the kitchen, BOOM, everytime she wanted heat in her house she had to physically light it and everytime it would explode, and she had to light it frquently since both her front door and back door were cheap hollow bathroom doors, nice huh. He was genuinly shocked to see her peeing in a paint can…he looked in the bathroom and saw huge holes in the walls and floor and a toilet cracked and broken badly. The shock came when he heard she or her husband hadnt had a toilet for over 2 years…and everyone knew it, noone helped them, noone even cared and its these idiots that make stupid coments here. Mitch would never turn his back on a friend. He promised her that he would help her for as long as he was needed, that was 2011. Doreens health improved much due to the change of her diet, replacement of the carbon monoxide spewing furnace…and the look on her face when her brand new toilet flushed for tbe first time. Mitch is an honorable man, in burchinal for the noblest of reasons and in all these years never once asked for a penny as payment for his hare work. He says he gets paid in smiles…where were these concerned nieghbors when Doreen needed them most? It took a stranger to help a dying woman spend her last days at home. The charges of failure to register in iowa were dropped after Mitch won his trial, winning an unwinable case..minnesota, where Mitch is well known, did charge him also, and faced a manditory minimum of 2 years. His lawyer was the same lawyer he had in the original sex charge. When the prosecution presented their case the DA said he had known Mr Willette for 35 years and knew him to be a gentle man, he acknowledged Mitchs vast record but said that even the violence was a matter of environment, he knew that yes Mitch had a history of violence, but never looked for it and never hurt anyone that didnt have it coming, as was the case when several Crips moved in town. Noone could stop tbese guys selling crack, raising hell and pretty much treated little Albert lea like the hood theyed come from. Police were powerless, local boys did drivebys and even tried burning one of their houses down. The boys went to prison and the crips were given a new house to sell crack. To make a long story short, a dear friend had a visit from the Crips who got her drunk and took turns raping her over and over. During this period of time a Crip raped an 11 year old girl on a dishwasher, the dishwasher was drenched in blood..mitch had enough. He walked into the entire crew of Crips and put down 4 hard before being stabbed in the back, once next to his spine the other hit a rib and deflected the blade but cut muscles deep into his back. Mitch didnt seem phased, or even slowed by these wounds and all 12 of them ran. They say that as hes being put in tbe ambulance he suddenly sat up and hollered “this aint over yet”…the doctors began the necessary surgeries Mitch wounds required. They scheduled more for the following day, but i guess he couldnt stand letting them think theyed one. The wounds were excrusiatingly painfull but he got out of the car walking normally toward a friends apt directly accross 3 houses heald by these men. He watched as they packed their belongings and left, never to be seen again.
    You people never even tried to know this man. As for the failure to register in minnesota? Its well known Mitch didnt committ the original crime, they gave him a downward departure from a manditlry min 2 yrs to 0-5 yrs probation. He still looks after Doreen, and they live happilly far away from you simple people.

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      June 5, 2017 at 2:13 pm

      Summed up, what Rex is trying to say is “I pee my pants, often”

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    April 19, 2016 at 2:52 pm

    In cerro gordo county court a jury did find Mr. Willette innocent of the. Charge of failure to register and all subsequent charges. As to the original sex charge he always has, and always will, maintain his innocence. Court records are vague as to the evidence against him, aside from the chaotic ramblings of a mother and seemingly confused daughter, of which neither testimony were the same. The trial went o, for 3 days, due to the evidence being presented by the defense showing he was innocent. Prosecution took 15 minutes to present their ‘evidence’.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    August 9, 2015 at 4:53 pm

    Hey! That’s my late grandparents old house! Wow!

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    LawDog Reply Report comment

    January 5, 2012 at 3:52 pm

    Y’all can thank the Minnesota liberal courts for allowing this person to roam free. He was in jail and they let him out such a ridiculously low amount of bail, I am sure he was laughing all the way back to Iowa. Maybe the Iowa Judges will not be so liberal with this guy.

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    Buzz Crumcutter Reply Report comment

    January 4, 2012 at 3:43 pm

    Good job to the Cerro Gordo County Sheriff’s Deputies. Thanks for your persistence!!!

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    Tom Reply Report comment

    January 4, 2012 at 3:40 pm

    Larry I agree with you. I think if a person is a sex offender against a child we should not have to pay for anything other than a bullet!

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    Larry Reply Report comment

    January 4, 2012 at 1:53 pm

    I know a lot of people don’t believe in capital punishment but this guy should just be shot.

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      patti Reply Report comment

      January 13, 2012 at 6:55 pm

      hell ya or have his genitalia feed to him on a rusty plater

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    Randy Reply Report comment

    January 4, 2012 at 1:21 pm

    How many times will this individual be released? GEEZE!!!