Chippewa County, WI – A sheriff in Wisconsin got a restraining order to keep a sex offender from another county from moving into his county upon his release from a treatment facility.
Jeffrey Neubecker, a convicted sex offender from Kenosha County, was scheduled to be released from the Sand Ridge Treatment Center to a trailer home in Sampson on Monday, WQOW reported.
But under state law, a sex offender must be returned to either their home county or the county where they offended, The Chippewa Herald reported.
Neubecker has no ties to Chippewa County and the home that he wanted to move into was already occupied by one sex offender, WQOW reported.
So county officials contested the decision to let him become a part of their community.
But on Friday, Judge David Wilk refused to change his mind about Neubecker’s placement upon release, The Chippewa Herald reported.
“The judge just hamstringed the county and the town,” Jim Sherman, an attorney for Chippewa County, said afterwards. “We are looking into what options the county and town have to oppose this placement.”
The convicted sex offender was already being escorted from the Sand Ridge Treatment Center to the home in Chippewa County when Judge Steven Gibbs issued a temporary restraining order at the request of Chippewa County Sheriff Jim Kowalczyk and stopped the transfer, WQOW reported.
Sheriff Kowalczyk was waiting at the home in Sampson with the freshly-penned restraining order when Neubecker arrived, escorted by state officials.
So the officials headed back to the treatment facility with Neubecker in tow, and that’s where he will remain until a March 16 hearing about the restraining order, WQOW reported.
Wilk initially ordered Kenosha County to find a placement for Neubecker in December of 2018, The Chippewa Herald reported.
But due to restrictions about where a sex offender can live, Kenosha County claimed they had no place to put him.
Neubecker was convicted of three counts of incest and court records labeled him a “sexually violent person,” according to The Chippewa Herald.
This was not the first time that Neubecker was released from the secure treatment facility.
He was originally released into Kenosha County in 2009 but got locked up again after he violated three rules that were conditions of his release, The Chippewa Herald reported.
Neubecker has been in the Sand Ridge Treatment Center since 2013.
Sheriff Kowalczyk told WQOW that court records showed why exactly Chippewa County was working so hard to keep Neubecker out of its community.