Another Sex Offender Will Live In The Town Of Middleton

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By: 
Kevin Murphy

 

For the third time in three years a state agency will house a convicted sex offender at a West Mineral Point Road residence in the Town of Middleton.

Kenneth Adams, 69, who has seven prior convictions for sex offenses dating to 1963, will reside within about a week at 7214 W. Mineral Pt. Rd., a house the state leases for $1,500 a month.

Jason Cram, manager for the Department of Health Service’s supervised release program,  officials from the Department of Corrections, and the Dane County Sheriff’s Office held a community notification meeting on Tuesday of last week at the Middleton Town Hall. 

In sharp contrast to the meeting for a different sex offender in June 2010, when 100 residents packed town hall with some seeking to reverse his release, less than 20 attended the meeting Tuesday.

A man who lived about three miles from the residence and didn’t want to be identified said he attended Tuesday with concerns about how Adams would be supervised but left with those concerns quieted.

“He committed these offenses a long time ago … He’s been incarcerated and committed and this has been a really long process for him,” he said. “He has been through a lot of treatment and hopefully he’s a different person now than he was then,”

Adams will join Alfred E. Hanko Jr. at the house. Hanko has lived there since Charles Patterson left in April 2011.

“We don’t target neighborhoods [for sex offender placement] although it looks like we do,” said Cram. 

The state will continue to lease the house as long as it “meets our criteria and has offenders or clients needing a supervised residence,” he added.

Cram also said two clients is the maximum number for the residence, “not three.”

Since 1980, Adams has been in prison or at Sand Ridge Secured Treatment Center under a civil commitment for persons believed to be likely to re-offend.

A Dane County judge authorized Adams’ supervised release in July and Adams will be strictly monitored during his first year, said Cram.

Adams will be virtually under “house arrest” the next 12 months, not allowed to be out in the yard without permission. Trips away from the house will be limited to medical or treatment appointments, seeking employment, grocery shopping and attending church and always within sight and sound of a hired chaperone, said Cram.

“He will be supervised at the highest level with strict monitoring,” said William Lazar, a supervisor of the Department of Corrections Probation and Parole Division.

Adams has 48 rules that govern his conduct. A serious rule violation can result in revocation of his supervised release and a return to Sand Ridge.

Adams will wear an electronic bracelet the rest of his life. The bracelet allows DHS to set up “exclusionary zones” that warn Adams and alert his monitors if he goes into schools, parks or other areas he isn’t permitted. If Adams doesn’t exit the exclusionary zone after a warning an arrest warrant is issued and law enforcement notified.

The same procedure occurs If Adams removes the bracelet.

Adams exclusionary zone will include an area west of the residence, from South Point Road to the Blackhawk Church, and the Academy for Little Learners on Silicon Prairie Parkway.

“Community safety is our number one goal,” said Cram. “Preparing him for the next level of care is our second goal.”

“I can see Ken discharged [from supervised release] in three to four years, if he does well,” Cram said.

The public is urged to contact the Dane County Sheriff’s Department, DOC or DHS if they have any suspicions about Adams’ conduct.

Dane County Sheriff’s deputy Garrett Page said such calls from the public are “taken very seriously” and” investigated.”

The public would be notified through reverse 911 if law enforcement were looking for Adams.

Cell phones can be added to the emergency reverse 911 notification by registering at http://dane.alertingsolutions.net.

 

 

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