2/8/17 – Potential housing could be available up north for a violent sex offender from Dodge County. A telephone scheduling conference took place yesterday morning for 31-year-old Jonathan Miller and discussion was held to expand placement to Ashland County. State prosecutors are pushing to keep the search in Dodge County, stating that only severe health problems should cause outside placement and it would be no solution to place him in a different county. Miller’s attorney Robert Peterson, along with Scott Thimm of the Department of Health Services, says that of the 18 locations they searched in Dodge County, none of the sellers presented a situation to house Miller. Peterson said that Miller is not thrilled about going to Ashland but is willing to go to get out of prison. Judge Brian Pfitzinger noted that officials have exhausted all efforts to place Miller locally and he found just cause to expand the search to Ashland County. Ashland County was discussed as potential housing because of the recent placement of another individual with circumstances similar to Miller’s case. Miller is a so-called Chapter 980 sex offender and he has been held at Sandridge Secure Detention Facility in Mauston long after his May 2015 release dates as officials work to find transitional housing. Until suitable housing is found, Miller is staying at Sandridge.