Concern Over Sex Offender Release

Concern Over Sex Offender Release

By Alex Hagan. CREATED Jul 26, 2013

GREEN BAY,WI- Neighbors signing a petition to keep a convicted sex offender off their street. Samuel Brandt is serving 8 years for sexually assaulting an 11 year-old girl. He's set to be released next month and move-in to the 400 block of Huron road.

Neighbors upset Green Bay's Sex Offender Residency board approved his request to live in a restricted area. A Green Bay ordinance prohibits sex offenders from living within 2,000 feet of a park,school, or other places children gather. An offender must get approval from the board to live in a restricted area.
Neighbors say they were unaware of the appeal and were not present during the July board meeting. 

"They did not investigate the neighborhood and ask us how we felt about it," says Tyler Smith of Green Bay.
Board members argue he was only approved because he will be living with his mother and stepfather. 
 "There's a support system. They're going to be watching him and making sure that he's not doing anything to violate his parole or to endanger anyone in the area," says Dean Gerondale of the Sex Offender Residency Board.
Brandt will be required to enroll in aftercare treatment and will be monitored.  Board members say they may try and send out letters to neighbors in the future to let them know of these specific appeals.