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T/Pound Residents Petition Board Against Sex Offender
News that the Wisconsin Department of Health plans to set up supervised living arrangements for two known violent sex offenders, at least one of them with a history of sexual assault on a child, in a residence on 7th Road in the Town of Pound has neighbors upset.
A petition opposing the plan has been circulating in the town, and is expected to be presented at the monthly town board meeting at 6 p.m., Tuesday, March 14.
In a news report published in the March 1 issue of the Peshtigo Times, several local officials were quoted as being opposed to the plan, among them Marinette County-based Wisconsin State Probation and Parole Officer Julie Krause.
Tistan Cook, Director of Public Affairs for the Wisconsin Department of Corrections, told the Peshtigo Times in a phone conversation on Friday, March 3, from his office in Madison that Krause told him that contrary to the news report published on Wednesday, March 1, she did not tell Pound Town Chair Jerry Heroux she was opposed to Wisconsin Department of Health plans for relocating the individuals to the Town of Pound residence. The individuals in question currently are housed in a state mental facility,
Cook said Krause told him during a conversation that followed an e-mail on Friday morning, March 3, that she told Heroux she understood the concerns of the Town of Pound residents, but said she had never told him she opposed the placement, nor had she cited Act 156.
The person named in the Peshtigo Times story as a potential resident of the home in Pound was Jeffrey W. Butler, now 63, who was charged on May 16, 1995 with three Felony B counts of 1st degree sexual assault of a child. Butler pled guilty to one count of sexual assault on a child and was sentenced to a 10 year prison term. After serving that term he has undergone 10 years in a mental treatment center.
Identity of the possible second potential resident is not known to the Peshtigo Times at this time. The proposed residence for the registered sex offenders is less than 1,500 feet from the nearby home of a family with children, but the properties are not adjoining, so it meets legal requirements. However, owners of the home have young children and have told neighbors they will sell out and move away if the offender moves in.
Cook said the offender has served his prison sentence and for the past 10 years has been a civilly committed resident of the state hospital. He said the local judge will make the decision as to whether or not he can be released.
Butler, now 63, is scheduled for a supervised release hearing at 2 p.m. Monday, May 1 before Judge James A. Morrison in Marinette County Circuit Court, Branch II.