The Vilas County town of Cloverland’s planning commission held a public hearing Thursday night on a proposed ordinance to regulate where state officials house sexual predators. About two dozen people attended, with many expressing strong opinions on the issue.
The ordinance was prompted by the placement last year of 37-year-old Steven Burgess in a neighborhood on Chicaree Lane where families with young children live. Burgess, from Lac du Flambeau, served 17 years in prison for attempted sexual abuse of a child. And his neighbors want him moved.
Rhinelander police are notifying the public of the release of a convicted sex offender to the community next month.
Police Chief Michael Steffes says 51 year old Dennis Williams will be released from custody this Saturday. He was convicted in July of 1998 of second-degree sexual assault of a child. Williams was sentenced to 15 years for a sexual assault in the Town of Minocqua within 90 days of release from prison by threatening a 14 year old female with a screwdriver.