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March 28, 2012 | 08:53 AMBLOOMFIELD — Earlier this week, police began notifying residents of a registered sex offender who may soon move into a Pell Lake neighborhood.
But some residents are concerned. One reason is they claim this 59-year-old man being released from prison for first-degree sexual assault of a child may live about 20 feet away from two school bus stops.
Larry Olson was convicted in 1989 for, according to a flier being distributed by police, performing oral sex upon a 7-year-old boy and engaging in intercourse with a 10-year-old girl. He is expected to be released from prison April 3 and move into the 1400 block of Chicago Drive under extended supervision.
On Tuesday, Bloomfield Police Chief Lloyd S. Cole said he contacted the State Department of Corrections about concerns that Olson lives too close to the bus stops.
He said Olson is under electronic monitoring and what Cole called "some pretty heavy restrictions," one of which stipulates that he must stay inside his home during school bus drop-off and pick-up times.
"When he walks outside the house during these times, electronic monitoring personnel will be notified, we'll pick him up and he will go to jail," Cole said.
But he also said there isn't much that can be done to prohibit Olson from living on Chicago Drive. In fact, Cole said a female sex offender also lives on Juneau Road.
Of the 22,195 registered sex offenders living in Wisconsin, 279 of them live in Walworth County — 17 in the village and town of Bloomfield.
"Municipalities have tried enacting ordinances that (sex offenders) cannot move into their community and as far as I can remember, these ordinances have failed," Cole said. "The best thing we can do is take a proactive response to this by informing the public and have extra patrol in the area."
He said there will be more patrol in that area "especially during times when there will be a high density of children," including bus drop-offs and pick-ups.
Cole said this week, his officers will be going door-to-door in the area of Chicago Drive to Thistle Road and Roman Lane to Wisteria Road. Fliers will be posted in town and village of Bloomfield businesses and are available upon request from the Police Department.
People can find registered sex offenders by visiting the DOC's Sex Offender Registry website, offender.doc.state.wi.us/public/.
The flier states Olson "has been convicted of a sex offense that requires registration with the local law enforcement agencies."
"Further, this individual's previous criminal history places him in a classification level which reflects the potential to reoffend," it states.
Special conditions of Olson's extended supervision rules include:
- No unsupervised contact with minors.
- Prohibition from taverns, bars or liquor stores.
- Prohibited from contacting his victims.
- Prohibited from consuming alcohol or drugs.
- Must comply with standard sex offender rules and cooperate with electronic monitoring.
- Required to have face-to-face contact with law enforcement and to comply with all requirements and lifetime registrant of the Wisconsin Sex Offender Registration Program.
"Sex offenders have always lived in our communities, but it was not until the passage of Act 44, which mandates sex offender registration, that law enforcement even knew where they were living," the flier states. "In many cases, law enforcement is now able to share that information with you. Citizen abuse of this information to threaten, intimidate or harass registered sex offenders will not be tolerated. Further, such abuse could potentially end law enforcement's ability to do community notifications. We believe the only person who wins if community notification ends is the sex offender, since sex offenders derive their power through secrecy."
The Bloomfield Police and Walworth County Sheriff's departments are available to help establish neighborhood watches and provide other information on personal safety. Contact the Bloomfield department at (262) 279-3454 or the Sheriff's Department at (262) 741-4400 for more information.
People with information regarding current criminal activity about this or any other offender should call 741-4400.
Cole said people also can request more information concerning how to communicate with children on this issue and to keep them safe. He said this information can be made available upon request.