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Forest Co. Sheriff explains lack of sex offender placement notificationSubmitted: 10/23/2018
Dakota Sherek
Dakota Sherek
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Forest Co. Sheriff explains lack of sex offender placement notification
MOLE LAKE - On Monday night, roughly 100 people went round and round on what to do about a violent sex offender being placed in their community. That conversation continued Tuesday in Mole Lake with Forest County Sheriff John Dennee.

Jeffrey LeVasseur is set to move in off Sand Lake Rd. on Thursday. He was convicted of assaulting two children in Forest County about 20 years ago.

One of the biggest issues people in both meetings have is the fact they never got informed he would be moving in.

"He has more rights than we have. We are the people who live here, we have no rights because a committee says he's gotta stay here," said one woman at Tuesday's meeting.

Dennee isn't happy about the situation either.

"This is bull****," said Sheriff Dennee.

Though LeVasseur will move soon, the town of Nashville never received an official notification.

Dennee told community members Tuesday that the Department of Health Services was supposed to send out a notice, but that DHS now claims it was supposed to be the county's job.

"They sent the notices out before, why didn't they do it this time? That's been my argument," said Dennee. "Because I think that matters and that needs to be said."

People asked the sheriff if filing an emergency injunction would help to stop the placement from happening.

"It is possible, is it probable? I don't know," said Dennee. "But I think it's possible and I think if you have attorneys in the town… and I think Chris has some things going, yeah, try it, do it."

Dennee said if LeVasseur's placement goes through he did ask the court to fit him with an extra tracking monitor.

The Mole Lake Sokaogon Chippewa Tribe hired attorneys and planned to file an emergency injunction on Tuesday to temporarily stop the placement.

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