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"All they see are the words ‘sex offender’ and they judge me. How can I get a chance to show people I have changed?
Residents in Brownsville, backed by Dodge County Sheriff Dale Schmidt, were so up in arms a judge reversed the decision and removed the sex offenders from the home.About 200 citizens packed into the town's community center to voice disapproval of his living in the area."I can't guarantee your safety," Fink told an agitated crowd. I can't promise you anything."The sheriff was so incensed, he was ready to take a busload of residents to a Milwaukee courthouse to fight the decision. Read more: FDL Sheriff opposes sex offender placement Fink has no problem having sex offenders from Fond du Lac County placed back in the county after prison.Around the same time, the Town of Eldorado board quickly passed an ordinance prohibiting placement of sex offenders who weren't residents of Fond du Lac County. Also, he said, it wasn’t sex offender hysteria or fear that drove his reaction to the potential Eldorado placement of Rhymes.“Of course we will take our own because they have done their time," Fink said.The crimes of people on the sex offender registries vary extensively.On the list in which Erickson's name appears are teenagers convicted of consensual sex with an underage partner (known among caseworkers as "Romeo and Juliet" cases), perpetrators of violent sexual crimes in which a person tried to kill his or her victim, serial pedophiles and people convicted of date rape after a he-said-she-said jury trial.Read more: Uproar over sex offender release Four months later, no viable options have been found in Dodge County for housing the two men.
In December 2015, Manitowoc and Two Rivers approved ordinances that ban the placement of sex offenders who lived outside the cities before they were sentenced. Rickert, a Milwaukee-area offender, was placed in Manitowoc the month prior.
The report looked at 12,849 sex offenders during that time period and found that 4.9 percent ended up re-offending sexually.
Henger, the state-licensed counselor, believes that when communities tell an offender he can’t live there, it adds gasoline to the fire.
"I have always said that and sometimes it did not make me popular. That’s what caused the dust-up."Sex offenders are generally placed on extended supervision, parole or probation after release.
Services available may include offense-related counseling, employment services and other programs that have the overall goal of reintegrating them into society and minimizing recidivism, said Jeff Grothman, director of legislative affairs for the DOC.
Currently, there are 3,000 homeless sex offenders in the state because of prohibitive ordinances.“How safe is that?