June 23, 2022 – West Bend, Wi – West Bend Police are notifying the community about the release of a registered sex offender. Cory R. Bonlender, 37, will residing at 1824 Chestnut Street in West Bend, WI.
Note below is from West Bend Police Chief Tim Dehring.
The attached bulletins are being sent to you to make you aware of two sex offenders that are being released to live in the City of West Bend. These placements are determined by the Department of Corrections and are strictly guided and regulated by state law. The sex offenders have served their prison sentences and are at a mandatory release date into our community. Please carefully read the attached bulletins for specific information regarding each offender.
The West Bend Police Department and the Department of Corrections are taking strong action steps to ensure your safety. Upon release, both offenders will be closely monitored by the Department of Corrections specialized sex offender supervision program. This a very restrictive and intensely monitored supervision program. In addition to the normal restrictions for a subject on supervision, the sex offenders are under an additional thirty-seven specific rules they must follow. Some of those rules are highlighted on the attached bulletin. The offenders’ locations will be tracked at all times by a GPS monitoring system and will alert the Department of Corrections if they go to any restricted areas such as schools, parks and playgrounds. If this happens, The Department of Corrections will contact the West Bend Police Department and we will take immediate action.
In addition to the Department of Corrections, the West Bend Police Department maintains a robust sex offender monitoring program administered by the Criminal Investigations section. This program deploys detectives and beat area police officers to conduct regular and random compliance checks on all sex offenders residing in West Bend. Any violations discovered, either during an investigation or as a result of these checks, is immediately acted upon by the Police Department. Initially our officers will be checking on the offenders mentioned in the bulletins on a daily basis. Please know the Police Department takes a very aggressive stance at all times in monitoring the registered sex offenders living in the City of West Bend.
The West Bend Police Department has informed our area partners, including the Washington County Sheriff’s Department, Washington County District Attorney, The West Bend Parks Department, and the West Bend School District of these releases and will continue to partner with these organizations and the Department of Corrections to keep our citizens safe.
While the crimes committed warrant concern and vigilance, it is important to note these offenders are NOT WANTED for arrest and are working towards rehabilitation and re-entry as a productive member of society. There is no need to contact the police department based on simple recognition. If, however, a citizen believes either offender is or has violated a condition of their extended supervision, immediately call the West Bend Police Department at (262) 335-5000 or 911 in the case of an emergency. See Something, Say Something.
Thank you for taking the time to read this letter and the attached bulletins. While this is certainly an uncomfortable topic, it is not going to go away by ignoring it. The Police Department believes keeping you informed and engaged in the safety of the community is the best way to address this issue. I encourage you to follow the Police Department’s Facebook page for more information concerning this and other topics related to the safety of our community. You can also call my office or any of the Department of Corrections agents listed on the bulletins if you have further questions or concerns.
Protect and Serve,
Chief of Police