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Published January 31 2012

High-risk sex offender moves to Moorhead

MOORHEAD – Police here are notifying the public about a high-risk sex offender who moved to Moorhead on Saturday.

Michael John Gordon, also known as Payne Gordon, lives in the 700 block of Eighth Street South.

Gordon, 27, has a history of sexual contact with 16-year-old girls and soliciting adolescent girls online, according to a fact sheet from Moorhead police. It’s unclear from the sheet where he had been living.

Forum archives show Gordon was convicted in 2003 in Cass County of misdemeanor luring a minor by computer. In 2004, he was convicted for misdemeanor corruption of a minor in Cass County. The victim in that case was a 16-year-old female acquaintance.

In 2007, Gordon was convicted in Morton County, N.D., of felony sexual assault, corruption of a minor and misdemeanor failure to register as a sex offender. The victim was a 16-year-old female acquaintance.

Moorhead police will not hold a public meeting about Gordon. More information on high-risk offenders in Moorhead is available on the police department’s website at www.moorheadpolice.com.