Posted: Thursday, June 26, 2014 -- 10:20pm
What happens when the state decides to relocate a registered sex offender and the location is next door to you?
50-year-old Alfred T. Riley was convicted of several counts of 2nd degree sexual assault back in the mid 1980s. As of Thursday, he's back in Dane County, living in a home, provided by the state, in the Town of Dunkirk. Riley will be under supervision.
Neighbors aren't too pleased. Many of them showed up to the Stoughton Fire Department Thursday night to hear state officials and law enforcement explain why Riley was released and more importantly why he's living in their community.
Violent sex offenders, like Riley, who are released under supervision, are placed back into their county of residence. They're not placed near parks, schools, or daycares, but children living in homes nearby isn't a factor considered when choosing where to place the sex offender.
Under state law, taxpayer money funds these supervised sex offenders being reintegrated back into the public.
NBC 15 spoke to a neighbor who will be living near Riley. She didn't want to be identified, but she says “I just think people should be more aware of it and know that the house next door could possibly be purchased by someone and than a violent sex offender could be relocated there."
Law enforcement is ensuring the public that Riley will be highly supervised. During the first year, he can't go anywhere without a chaperone and will have a GPS monitoring device on him at all times.
After a year, he'll still have a monitoring device on, but might not be required to have a chaperone every time he leaves his house.
If you want to know if a sex offender is living in your town or city, you can find out at any time. You can also be put on an email list and notified immediately when a sex offender moves into your area.
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