Sex offender sentenced for visiting former teachers at Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch

A registered sex offender was sentenced to time served and 360 days unsupervised probation Wednesday for visiting the Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch on Aug. 30, 2017.

Brynner Phoenix Rennecke, 27, who is also informally known as Riley Lillian Grace Byerly, pleaded guilty to the Class A misdemeanor of unlawful presence of sex offender near schools. According to a listing on the North Dakota Courts site, Judge Doug Mattson sentenced Rennecke to 25 days already served in the Ward County Jail and 360 days of supervised probation. Rennecke must also pay $325 in court costs.

Rennecke had gone to the Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch to visit former teachers, but registered sex offenders are not permitted to be on school grounds. Authorities at the Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch alerted authorities.

Rennecke was convicted in Morton County Juvenile Court of sexual offenses against minors, all of which were committed when Rennecke was under age 15. None of the charges were filed against Rennecke as an adult.

Rennecke was later committed to the North Dakota State Hospital in Jamestown as a sexually dangerous offender and later released. The sex offender registry lists Rennecke as a male, but Rennecke identifies as female. Rennecke had filed for a legal name change to Riley Byerly, but a district court judge denied the request.

– Andrea Johnson