Milwaukee County residents “outraged” over placement of sex offenders without warning

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

MILWAUKEE COUNTY -- Residents want a say after sex offenders were slipped into a Milwaukee neighborhood. Community members are up in arms about the policies that allowed it to happen, but the board that put them there is unapologetic for its actions.

On Friday morning, January 29th, Hector Colon, Milwaukee County's Health and Human Services director, was grilled about transparency and accountability.

"There is outrage," said Chantia Lewis, resident.

The outrage is over a house near 3rd and Uncas. It's a home for the mentally ill. But now, two registered sex offenders are being allowed to live there too.

"All laws were followed -- state, federal and local laws," said Colon.

Hector Colon

Hector Colon

Colon defended all residents living in the home.

"We transitioned them into the community -- person-centered approaches with comprehensive plans to ensure their safety but also the safety of the community," said Colon.

But Dennis Hughes, staff representative for AFSCME Council 32, says that's not the case.

“Our employees are telling us that the sex offenders that are being placed, when they were in the long-term care facility, were openly talking about the fact that they intended to assault children. Specifically, a 12-year-old boy and a 14-year-old boy," said Hughes.

Dennis Hughes

Dennis Hughes

Residents also feel they've been kept in the dark about who is moving in.

"The concern here is we don't know where these mentally ill people have been placed in the community. There are group homes throughout Milwaukee County and we don't know where they are or who is housed in them," said Hughes. 

"If we have sex offenders that are entering our neighborhood without our knowledge, the threat for our children has increased tremendously," said Lewis.

Residents and some supervisors want public hearings to learn more about these placements. But Colon says that's not happening.

"We will not hold a public hearing ever to let the community know we are transitioning clients into their neighborhood. That's not what we do. It's a violation of HIPAA and privacy laws," said Colon.

Several requests continue to be made for the mental health board to hold a public hearing on the issue -- meanwhile the county board will revisit it in March.

8 comments

    • It'sobamasfault

      Where is all the comments about lining them up and shooting them. That won’t happen because most sex offenders are white…. “They need help” only thing to help these perverts is a bullet or two!!!

  • TNF 13

    Several things:
    – NCJ 244205: 67.8% of released prisoners are arrested for a crime within three years, and 76.6% after five. That considers any crime. Compare that to the 5% with their document number NCJ 198281. Or, if you prefer the updated 2012 version, that is NCJ 238060. That ‘NCJ’ is the the National Criminal Justice Reference Service, which links to reports created by the United States Department of Justice.

    The media loves reporting on offenders, and tell everyone that they are high risk.

    – 95% of new sex offenses are committed by first-time offenders (University of Albany, 2008 “Does a watched pot boil? A time-series analysis…”)
    – 95% of child sex abuse is perpetrated by those known to the victim, not strangers (Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers)
    – Notification of sex offenders within the community can increase recidivism (2008 University of Michigan Law School)

    In short, sex offenders are not the biggest threat to the public. There are other types of criminals with much higher recidivism, like violent offenders, drug offenders, and economic offenders. By focusing on sex offenders as threats, the public is put at higher risk for sex offenses, not lower. In order to find out more on how to keep communities safe particularly from child sex abuse, visit http://www.stopitnow.org.

    • tiredofDUMBpeople

      Most sex offenders were preyed on themselves at a time in there life. So let’s stop the cycle and put a bullet in their head so the don’t create another sex offender. And for you to say they are not a threat you need to be lined up also.

      • TNF 13

        That is false, only 30-40% of child abusers were themselves abused. And your bullet idea is disgusting. You might as well just propose we shoot child abuse victims along with the abusers. After all, it would stop the cycle, right? Did you know that 35% of sex crimes against children are perpetrated by juveniles? Would you like to shoot them too?

        I say current, registered sex offenders are not the real threat to children because that is what the facts say. Anyone can find those facts with a simple Google search… “sex offender recidivism studies”, “does treatment for sex offenders work”, “what kind of person sexually abuses a child” are great examples. This issue is far too impactful to victims to be making emotive policies that do not work.

    • PorkChop

      TNF, do you have children, i hope so, how many sex offenders can we mark you down for you would like living next to you?? your stupid PC lib junk is what gets INNOCENT people hurt..

      • TNF 13

        The facts indicate they are not the biggest threats to children, plain and simple. I gave you all that you need to verify my statements. If you do not wish to do so, that is on you, not me. I have no political agenda other than the primary prevention of sexual abuse.

Comments are closed.

Notice: you are using an outdated browser. Microsoft does not recommend using IE as your default browser. Some features on this website, like video and images, might not work properly. For the best experience, please upgrade your browser.