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Emergency meeting called in Town of Erin regarding placement of convicted sex offender

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Dec. 28, 2016 – Town of Erin, WI – Neighbors in the Town of Erin are calling an emergency meeting as the state works to place a convicted sex offender in their community. Last week http://www.washingtoncountyinsider.com ran a letter from Washington County Sheriff Dale Schmidt regarding the placement of Terry Olson.

Since then a meeting has been scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 5 at 6:30 p.m. at the Erin Town Hall. The notice below will be received by neighbors in the coming days.

MEETING NOTICE: REGARDING SEX OFFENDER PLACEMENT ON TERRY ROAD in TOWNSHIP OF ERIN

WHERE:         ERIN TOWN HALL  1846 HWY 83  HARTFORD, WI   53027

WHEN:           THURSDAY, JANUARY 5  AT 6:30PM

TOPIC:        PLACEMENT OF SEX PREDATOR BY STATE  OF WIS. ON 1898 TERRY Road in the Township of Erin

-ISSUES TO PREVENT THIS PLACEMENT TO PROTECT OUR CHILDREN

 

SAY NO TO A VIOLENT SEXUAL PREDATOR PROPOSED FOR ERIN TOWNSHIP

-TERRY OLSON IS A CONVICTED SEX PREDATOR JAILED IN 1990 FOR CHILD MOLESTATION.

-THE WIS. DEPT. OF HEALTH SERVICES IS INTERESTED IN PLACING HIM IN A HOME AT 1898 TERRY RD.  (LESS THAN ½ MILE FROM ERIN SCHOOL)

-HE IS A DANGER TO THE NEIGHBORHOOD CHILDREN, THE CHILDREN AT ERIN SCHOOL AND THE AREA SOCCER FIELDS.

-HE IS CLASSIFIED AS NEEDING CONSTANT SUPERVISION AND HAS BEEN JUDGED AS LIKELY TO BE A REPEAT OFFENDER WHEN RELEASED.

FOR THE SAFETY OF OUR COMMUNITY PLEASE CONTACT ALL OF THE FOLLOWING PERSONS AND TELL THEM IT IS IRRESPONSIBLE TO PUT OUR CHILDREN IN DANGER BY PLACING A CONVICTED DISTURBED PEDAPHILE NEAR OUR SCHOOL, OUR ATHLETIC FIELDS, AND OUR NEIGHBORHOOD CHILDREN.

STOP THIS PLAN NOW!

CONTACTS

CHRISTINA JOHNSON       WIS. DEPT OF HEALTH SERVICES CASE HANDLER

301 TROY DR. (BLG 14) MADISON, WI  53704

Christina [email protected]

 

DALE SCHMIDT                   WASHINGTON COUNTY SHERIFF

www.washingtoncountysheriffwi.org

262 335 4388

DENNIS KENEALY               TOWNSHIP CHAIRMAN

262 673 7214

ANDREW GONRING          WASHINGTON COUNTY JUDGE OF THIS CASE

262 335 4341

MARK BENSEN                    DIST. ATTORNEY WASHINGTON COUNTY

262 335 4311

ALBERTA DARLING             WIS STATE SENATOR

608 266 5830

JANEL BRANDTJEN             WIS STATE REPRESENTATIVE FOR OUR AREA (DIST.22)

888 534 0022

[email protected]

 

 

12-20-2016

Town of Erin Residents

As you may know, the Washington County Sheriff’s Office was requested by the WI Dept. of Health Services to provide a report with information relating to a prospective residential option for placement of a “serious child sex offender,” by the Dept. of Health Services under WI Statute 980.08.  The statute does not permit me to disclose the address or name of the person considered for placement.

The Sheriff’s Office completed the report and forwarded to the Dept. of Health Services on 12/19/2016.  A redacted copy is attached. (see below)

The potential release of this offender under statute 980 “Sexually Violent Persons Commitment” is not the same as the more common release of offenders who have served their prison sentence.  The offender in question has been held in custody by the state past his prison sentence under provisions in the statute.  His release requires a more formal process of evaluation by court appointed examiners, and review by a judge.  If in the opinion of the judge, certain criteria are met the judge can order “supervised release” or “discharge.”  In this case, the petition by the offender was for “supervised release” and the judge has granted it.  That actually occurred in June of 2015.  The offender has not yet been released because there are more requirements.

The Dept. of Health Services must prepare a report that includes numerous items, including where the offender will live and the supervision required.  Without getting into great detail, the judge has reviewed such a plan and ordered placement at a residence in Fond du lac County.  He has since suspended that order pending further investigation of residences in Washington County, which is the original residence of the offender.  This case is still in the investigation stage prior to the Dept. of Health Services issuing a report to the judge.  It is my understanding that the department is still searching for/reviewing possible places of residence for the offender in Washington County.  If none is found, the judge may move forward with his original decision.

If a new acceptable release plan with a residence in Washington County is presented to the judge and he orders that placement, the Sheriff’s Office will receive a Special Bulletin Notification on the offender, and a determination on public notification will be made at that time.

This is the best information I can give you in a concise format at this time.   Our Office will certainly stay engaged on this issue.  Below are two links that may provide more information for you.

https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/sandridge/index.htm

http://docs.legis.wisconsin.gov/statutes/statutes/980/08

Please know that when a serious sex offender is released and establishes a residence in the Townships, I am willing to commit an appropriate level of resources to keep residents as safe as possible.

Sincerely

Dale K. Schmidt, Sheriff

Washington County

 

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