Second release in 3 years for Registered Sex Offender Eric A. Moffatt in Washington County

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January 19, 2021 – Washington Co., WI – For the second time in three years registered sex offender Eric A. Moffatt is part of a notification of release in Washington County.

The Washington County Sheriff’s Department shared Tuesday, January 19, 2021 a notification that Moffatt will be released January 19, 2021 and that after his release he will be living out of his vehicle in the Town of Hartford / Town of Addison area.

A similar notification was posted February 16, 2018 that Moffatt would be released February 27, 2018 and live at a home on County Highway NN in the Township of Jackson.

Eric Moffatt was convicted of 948.11(2), Expose a Child to Harmful Material – 3 counts, on 6/13/2007 in Washington County and was convicted of 948.11(2), Expose a Child to Harmful Material – 2 counts, on 02/21/2001 in Manitowoc County. Eric Moffatt will be required to wear a live tracking GPS unit.

Sgt. Michael Hennes is with the Washington County Sheriff’s Department.

“In 2018 he was released and he had extended supervision or probation parole still over his head,” said Hennes. “Now, he has completely served his sentence and he is at his mandatory release date. His supervision also expires today as well.”

Hennes said Moffatt is strictly a registered sex offender. “Even though he is required to wear a bracelet he is not on probation but he still falls under all the rules a sex offender has to follow,” Hennes said. “If he would violate he would be charged with a new crime.”

The current release indicates Moffatt will be living out of his vehicle in the Town of Hartford.

“It is not ideal,” said Hennes.

The vehicle he will be living in is a 2005 Chevy Trailblazer white. This is a SUV.

“Prior to his release he had an employer in 2018 when he was released and that employer would like him back and he may be staying in the area of that employer, living out of his vehicle until he can get enough money to rent an apartment,” Hennes said.

Questioned why he was released in 2018 and then returned to prison, Hennes said he did not know why but he was now being released from prison again because of the mandatory release date.

Questioned how safe is it for a person to live out of their vehicle in Wisconsin during the winter months when temps can drop to below freezing overnight, Hennes said, “It is not the ideal situation.”

Moffatt is no longer on probation and can travel outside of the county however, because of sex offender laws he would have to meet different requirements if he wishes to travel out of state, according to Hennes.

DATE: For Release on Jan. 19, 2021
CASE(S): Community Notification
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.
Eric A. Moffatt will be released from prison on Jan. 19th 2021. After his release he will be living out of his vehicle in the Town of Hartford / Town of Addison area. Eric Moffatt was convicted of 948.11(2), Expose a Child to Harmful Material – 3 counts, on 6/13/2007 in Washington County and was convicted of 948.11(2), Expose a Child to Harmful Material – 2 counts, on 02/21/2001 in Manitowoc County. Eric Moffatt will be required to wear a live tracking GPS unit.
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.
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 Sex Offender Registration Specialist Gina Carney (414)-491-4335 or Sgt. Michael Hennes at 262-365-5054.

 

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