“Milwaukee’s put us in a precarious position:” Some in Fond du Lac outraged over possible placement of sex offender

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FOND DU LAC -- Dozens of Fond du Lac residents are appealing to a judge in Milwaukee County over the possible placement of a violent sex offender. Many of those concerned in this case packed into a meeting in the Town of Eldorado on Monday evening, December 7th.

Packed meeting in Town of Eldorado in Fond du Lac Co. over possible sex offender placement

Packed meeting in Town of Eldorado in Fond du Lac Co. over possible sex offender placement

A Milwaukee County judge will ultimately decide whether the sex offender will be placed on Fond du Lac County.

Some in Fond du Lac County say the man should be sent to his home county. Wisconsin Department of Health Services officials say they tried that, but he cannot be placed there.

In Eldorado on Monday evening, nearly every seat was filled inside the Eldorado Town Hall.

Those in attendance said it's not right for the state to place Clint Rhymes in a home along Nitchske Road.

Clint Rhymes

Clint Rhymes

"Keep him down where he belongs and if they can`t find a place for him down there, leave him where he is until they can find a place," George Pucker said.

Rhymes was convicted in 1988 of sexual assault and attempted murder. Rhymes raped his victim, and nearly beat her to death with a tire iron. The violent nature of the crime is why some neighbors are so upset.

Home in Fond du Lac Co. where Clint Rhymes could live

Home in Fond du Lac Co. where Clint Rhymes could live

"It`s disgusting. He should be back in jail again. What the heck`s he even getting out for? That`s what I can`t believe," Wally Gellings said.

The main complaint in this case: Why the state would place a man in Fond du Lac County, when he was convicted in Milwaukee County.

"I don`t believe this gentleman belongs here -- or any out-of-county sex offenders belong in this township," Fond du Lac County Sheriff Mick Fink said.

Home in Fond du Lac Co. where Clint Rhymes could live

Home in Fond du Lac Co. where Clint Rhymes could live

Milwaukee has an ordinance that says sex offenders cannot be placed within 2,000 square feet of a school, park, playground or daycare facility.

Department of Health Services officials say that ordinance, and similar ones in Milwaukee-area suburbs forced state officials to look elsewhere.

A DHS spokeswoman says "in this case, DHS was unable to find an appropriate location in Milwaukee County. Therefore, the judge ordered DHS to expand its search statewide."

Packed meeting in Town of Eldorado in Fond du Lac Co. over possible sex offender placement

Packed meeting in Town of Eldorado in Fond du Lac Co. over possible sex offender placement

"Milwaukee`s put us in a precarious position," Sheriff Fink said.

At the meeting Monday evening, Fond du Lac County officials passed out labeled envelopes -- asking residents to share their thoughts with the Milwaukee County judge.

"We don`t want him here, period, just plain and simple," Pucker said.

Packed meeting in Town of Eldorado in Fond du Lac Co. over possible sex offender placement

Packed meeting in Town of Eldorado in Fond du Lac Co. over possible sex offender placement

Originally, Rhymes was set to be placed in Milwaukee, but officials there, including Alderman Tony Zielinski protested that decision.

Zielinski says that's because there were already two sex offenders at the proposed location.

He believes there are still places for him in Milwaukee County and says the state is just shifting the blame.

5 comments

  • Michael Neals

    He can live with the other two. Or stay in jail. He attempted to kill her with a tire iron. And think-this was pre DNA how may other may there have been?

  • chris

    Can’t we build an island out of garbage in the middle of lake Michigan and put them all there? When is DOC going to learn. Nobody wants them anywhere.

    • merl

      We have a pile of garbage near Lake Michigan, it’s called Milwaukee, and I can’t think of a better place to put our released violent convicts.

  • Concerned citizen

    Look into who they are leasing the house from no other than their favorite. At least this house is close to where he lives this time so he can worry also, while he is raking in double the rent.

    • Concerned Citizen

      He is none other than the lawyer Kirk Everson from Fond du lac. Google his name and you can find how bad he is.

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