IM man gets jail term in sex offender registry case

RYAN COLLINS

IRON MOUNTAIN — An Iron Mountain man will serve a year in jail and five years of probation for failing to register as a sex offender and then fleeing police by jumping out a second-story window.

Ryan Patrick Collins, 38, previously pleaded guilty in Dickinson County Circuit Court to felony failure to comply with the Sex Offender Registration Act, two counts of felony resisting or obstructing a police officer and a habitual offender-third status.

Dickinson County Prosecutor Lisa Richards said the only reason she could see for giving Collins a jail sentence instead of a prison term is the fact he faces outstanding felony charges in Wisconsin.

Collins intends to go back to Wisconsin to deal with those issues and not remain in the Iron Mountain area, defense attorney Abbey Anderson said.

Collins admitted in court he lived in Dickinson County for about three weeks and never registered as a sex offender. He was convicted in 2000 in Wisconsin’s Brown County on two counts of second-degree sexual assault of a child, according to the criminal complaint.

Wisconsin authorities notified Iron Mountain Police officers May 2 that Collins might be at a Norway Street residence. Collins was wanted out of Brown County for escape-criminal arrest, a six-year felony, according to online court records.

Officers saw Collins in a running vehicle on Norway Street and noted he didn’t have a valid driver license, according to the complaint.

Collins left the vehicle and then went into a home, prompting officers to knock on the front door, the complaint states. He admitted he retreated back inside, jumped out an upstairs window and fled on foot across U.S. 2.

Officers arrested Collins in the area of North Milwaukee Avenue, according to the initial IMPD news release.

Nikki Younk can be reached at 906-774-2772, ext. 41, or nyounk@ironmountaindailynews.com.

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