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Aug 1, 2011 5:55 PM by KBZK - Bozeman

Sex offender who lived near school arraigned

BOZEMAN - A former Bozeman man appeared in federal court on a charge of failure to register as a sexual offender.

David Woodfin, 62, now of Connecticut, pleaded not guilty to the charge on July 29 before U.S. Magistrate Judge Jeremiah C. Lynch.

Woodfin drew attention earlier this year after the owner of Yellowstone Montessori Academy and parents of children attending the Kagy Boulevard school voiced concerns about a registered sex offender living next door. Yellowstone Montessori owner Constance Dratz said at the time that Woodfin would sit and watch the children play outside.

According to court documents, Woodfin was convicted of sexual assault against a child in Tooele, Utah in October 1994.

While there is currently no law restricting where sexual offenders can live, police say they did find that Woodfin was not in compliance with the court requirements.

In April, a Bozeman police detective went to Woodfin's residence at 1715 Kagy Boulevard in Bozeman after receiving a request from the Montana Department of Justice Sexual or Violent Offender Registry to verify Woodfin's whereabouts, court documents state. Woodfin reportedly told the detective that he didn't know he had to register with the State of Montana because his crime was committed in Utah. He was told he did and then, on April 21, registered with the Bozeman Police Department.

While investigating Woodfin, police spoke with the owner of the residence where Woodfin was living, Don Lint. Lint told police that Woodfin filled out a rental application in June 2010. On the application, Woodfin denied having been convicted of a felony and denied having to register as a sexual offender and being involved in sexual misconduct, court documents state.

On June 9, a Bozeman police detective went to Woodfin's apartment and spoke with another man who said that Woodfin moved out on May 14. When the detective got in touch with Woodfin by phone, Woodfin reportedly said that he was travelling with his son and was not returning to Bozeman.

Woodfin was arrested in July at a Belgrade motel.

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