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Stephen J. Lee, Grand Forks Herald, Published March 27 2012

Sex offender wearing GPS tracker again accused of peeping in windows

GRAND FORKS - A man convicted here a decade ago of home intrusions pleaded not guilty Monday to similar charges in Bismarck.

Donald Lee Gerald, 46, is required to register as a sex offender for life based on his Grand Forks crimes. He faces 16 felony counts in state district court in Bismarck, including burglary, surreptitious intrusion and criminal trespass, according to state court records.

He remains in the Burleigh County jail under $500,000 bond, but also on a no-bond hold from a probation revocation in Fargo on a criminal trespass charge there, a jail official said.

Arrested on suspicion of window peeping in Grand Forks in 2002, Gerald was seen on security camera footage wearing a ski mask and climbing on an air-conditioning unit to look into the bathroom of a Grand Forks house.

He was suspected in a string of similar complaints in town and has convictions for misdemeanors, including disorderly conduct, going back to 1994 in Grand Forks.

His charges in Bismarck stem from a string of break-ins across that city from June to November last year, the Bismarck Tribune reported. A homeowner found Gerald standing barefoot in his foyer last year. A pair of tennis shoes left near the house tested positive for Gerald’s DNA, police said. Investigators used the GPS tracking device worn by high-risk sex offenders to link him to the locations of home break-ins in Bismarck.

He pleaded not guilty to all charges and is scheduled to appear next in court April 23.

Since his arrest on the Bismarck charges, Gerald also faces probation violation charges from a 2009 conviction on criminal trespass in Fargo.