Sex Offender Residing In Rural Portage

(Portage) The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office is notifying the public that a sex offender is residing in rural Portage. Officials say Dale Drinkwater is staying at N6796 Highway 51 in the Pacific Township.

They add that the 55-year-old is not under Department of Corrections Division of Community Corrections Supervision. Drinkwater must follow the city of Portage sex offender ordinances. He is not allowed on school property without permission from the school’s superintendent, comply with standard sex offender rules, and cooperate with electronic monitoring.

Drinkwater was convicted in 2006 and 2016 for Possession of Child Pornography. He was previously released in Portage in 2011. Sheriff’s officials say citizen abuse of this information to threaten, intimidate or harass registered sex offenders will not be tolerated.