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Sex offender tries to strike again

A convicted sexual offender from Minneapolis is being charged with third-degree attempted criminal sexual conduct and attemped false imprisonment for an incident on the morning of April 8. Both are felony charges.

Michael Nicholas Kocur, 40, is being brought on these charges after following a 14-year-old girl to school on the morning of the eighth. The girl told police that he had been following her in a car on the way to her bus stop and had passed her and then come back several times before stopping and offering her a ride. She told police that when she refused and tried to leave the man said "Come on, I can give you a ride anywhere you want to go. It's no problem," according to the criminal complaint. The girl said he left when she opened her cell phone to call 911.

Kocur told police that he had been under great amounts of stress lately, according to a Star Tribune article, and that he had been using prostitutes. He said he had been trying to pick up a oprostitute before going to work, and claimed that he thought the girl was eightteen.

Kocur was convicted on charges of obscenity and disorderly conduct in 1996 for soliciting 13 and 14-year old girls for prostitution, and twice in 1998 on the same charges with girls of the same age.