DOJ Exploring Possible Housing For Violent Sex Offender

2/4/17 – There may be a possible location lined-up to house a violent sex offender from Dodge County. A telephone scheduling conference was held this morning for 31-year-old Jonathan Miller and discussion was held on a possible placement that is available in another county. The Department of Justice is looking into the matter and another hearing is scheduled for Tuesday. Little is known about the potential location as Judge Brian Pfitzinger last March ordered that such information remain confidential after multiple housing options had fallen through in the past. Miller is a so-called Chapter 980 sex offender and he, along with 57-year-old Robert Larson, have been held at Sandridge Secure Detention Facility in Mauston long after their May 2015 release dates as officials work to find transitional housing. While roughly four dozen locations have been reviewed since December, none of the houses met the necessary criteria.  Previous placement attempts for Larson and Miller in Brownsville, Reeseville, and Lomira each failed, and the attempted Brownsville placement led to state Act 156, which was enacted last March and prohibits the placement of violent sex offenders on any adjoining property within 1,500 feet of a child’s residence.  Previous law only restricted properties within 1,500 feet of places children might commonly gather, like schools, churches, and parks.  Until suitable housing is found, both men are staying at Sandridge.