Washington Co. Sheriff notifies neighbors about release of Registered Sex Offender Justin Rathke

Feb. 16, 2018 – Washington Co., WI – The Washington County Sheriff’s Office is releasing the following information pursuant to WI Statute 301.46(2m) which authorizes law enforcement agencies to inform the public of a sex offender’s release when, in the discretion of the agency, the release of information will enhance public safety, awareness and protection. The individual who appears on this notification has been convicted of a sex offense. Further, his criminal history places him in a classification level which reflects the potential to re-offend.

Justin R. Rathke will be released from prison on March 13, 2018. After his release he will reside at 1725 Cth NN in the Township of Jackson while he attempts to locate a residence and employment. Justin Rathke was convicted of 1 count of 948.02(2) – 2nd Degree Sexual Assault of a Child in Washington County on 1/9/2008 and 1 count of 948.02(2) – 2nd Degree Sexual Assault of a Child in Washington County on 2/25/2009. He was familiar with the female, juvenile victims in these cases. He will be monitored closely by WI-DOC Division of Community Corrections agents. Justin Rathke will have numerous rules and restrictions to follow including wearing a live tracking GPS unit.

Justin Rathke had been released from prison in the past, but due to Probation/Parole rule violations he was placed back in prison for a period of time. He is again being released from prison and placed on extended supervision.

This sex offender has served the prison sentence imposed on him by the courts. He is NOT wanted by law enforcement at this time. This notification is not intended to increase fear, but rather it is our belief that an informed public is a safer public. Over the past several years the home at 1725 Cth NN has been used by the Department of Corrections to temporarily house offenders recently released from prison.

Sex offenders have always lived in our communities; but it was not until the Sex Offender Registration and Community Notification Law was enacted that law enforcement was able to share this information with the community. More information can be located at https://appsdoc.wi.gov/public/offenders

If there are questions please contact Probation/Parole Agent Jessica Latzl at 262-388-8359, Sex Offender Registration Specialist Monica Lukach at (414)491-5850 or Sgt. Michael Hennes at 262-356-5054.

 

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