Neighbors, politicans upset about sex offenders moving into Milwaukee neighborhood
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MILWAUKEE - Neighbors came out hoping there was something they could do to keep Shawn Schulpius and another violent sex offender from moving in, and by the end of this community meeting, emotions were high.
Hundreds filled St. Veronica church Monday night angry and confused as to why two convicted sex offenders are moving into their neighborhood, one of them Schulpius.
It was a community meeting hosted by the police department and district attorney’s office as part of their notification process when a level three sex-offender is released back into the community.
“Why here, of all places?” Joseph Tamilo asked.
He lives a block and a half from the home where Schulpius will live with another violent convicted sex offender.
For two hours they listened to details of the men’s violent history and treatment.
Schulpius sexually assaulted three kids within three years, starting at age 14.
Prosecutors have said there could be even more victims.
After five years in prison, Schulpius spent an additional 16 years confined to a treatment center under Wisconsin’s Chapter 980 law.
However, District Attorney John Chisholm and his staff told the crowd they’ve run out of options to legally keep Schulpius locked up.
“I will tell you we have done everything we possibly could do ‘til our ammunition has run out.' ”
Prosecutors have repeatedly challenged Schulpius’ petitions for supervised release.
In 2010 they convinced a jury with the help of experts that Schulpius was likely to reoffend and was not safe to release yet.
In 2012, experts the DA’s office had turned to could no longer oppose the release.
Alderman Tony Zielinski said he was outraged by news of Schulpius and another offender’s placement in the neighborhood.
“I don’t think it is right and I blame the state of Wisconsin for having laws in place that allow these people to be put in a densely populated neighborhood. It’s not right and it shouldn’t be accepted. The law needs to be changed,” said Zielinski.
Neighbors are outraged by the state’s neighborhood choice.
Three elementary schools surround Schulpius’ new home.
A representative with the Department of Health Services, which places sex-offenders coming out of treatment, told the crowd finding areas not saturated with
children is nearly impossible.
Joseph Tamilo scoffed at the explanation.
“How about four miles east of here? Throw ‘em in the lake. How about putting them there?”
DA Chisholm said he understands this community’s concern, but warned them without Chapter 980 law, Schulpius would have been back in the community years ago.
In the end, neighbors who came for answers left all the more frustrated.
“We can only say so much and they can fight us back all they want because they already have their minds made up. Not happy,” said Michele Obermann, shaking her head at the meeting’s conclusion.