Both are Chapter 980 sex offenders, which means they have been in civil commitment for treatment.
The Village of Caledonia was able to halt the move until the court reviewed their motion for reconsideration.
In court, Laufenberg said she considered the totality of the circumstances — including the number of children who were immediate neighbors — and reversed her original order.
“Instead, I will find it is not appropriate as the plan submitted by the county committee is inadequate due to the residential placement,” she added.
In addition to the 120-day deadline, the court ordered the next potential location to have a detailed map of the proposed residence and the report of a law enforcement agency that would be involved.
“I will note for the record those particular requirements are not required under the statutes,” Laufenberg said.
The judge determined there were multiple problems with locating the two Chapter 980 sex offenders on Saratoga Drive. In addition to the campgrounds, there was also a small child next door, another one across the street, and a recreational area nearby.
Tran was adjudicated for first-degree sexual assault of a child in 1984 and later convicted for first-degree sexual assault of a child in 1992. On multiple occasions, Tran sexually assaulted males from 3 to 9 years old.
“The court is going to find the placement is not appropriate for Mr. Tran, with children living in Jellystone, with one being supervised next door by a grandparent, and the two year old who lives across the street,” Laufenberg said.
Williams was adjudicated for first-degree sexual assault of a child on June 4, 1987, and was later convicted for second-degree sexual assault of a child. Williams had forced nonconsensual sexual contact with juvenile females ages 8 to 17.
“The court is going to find the placement is not appropriate for Mr. Williams due to the location of the Root River Parkway,” Laufenberg said.
Tran was represented in court by Robert Peterson of the Office of the State Public Defender, and Williams was represented by Evan Barret Weitz.
The two men have been waiting two years for placement on supervised release. Both attorneys argued in favor of the location in rural Racine County.
“If there are any concerns about viewing residences, and things like that, the court could always order DHS to either construct a fence or put some film on some windows,” Weitz said.
He added, “But as for the statutory criteria, it meets all legal criteria.”
Peterson agreed it met the legal criteria.
He added, “We don’t have a lot of viable options and these two individuals have been waiting an extensive period of time.”
Attorney Todd Terry represented the Village of Caledonia in its motion to intervene.
He noted the Chapter 980 case has been in the court for some time, but Wednesday was the first time the Village of Caledonia was represented.
Among the reasons Terry outlined for the intervention was the fact that “Caledonia is the law enforcement agency responsible for protecting its citizens, the citizens in this neighborhood that’s at issue.”
“Those people who are held to answer for the things that happen in Caledonia are the village officials, the police department – the police department who was actually tasked with going out and doing work on behalf of the Chapter 980 committee,” Terry said.
He later added: “Our interests — the only way they’re represented is by us having a seat at the table.”
In denying Caledonia’s motion, Laufenberg noted the system created for the placement of Chapter 980 sex offenders has a process that does not include the village.
The process places the responsibility on the county, state and court.
UPDATED: The headline of this story has been updated for clarity.
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