SEX OFFENDER MOVING TO SOUTH DISTRICT

April 27, 2009

Community Notification Meeting Announced

There will be a Community Notification Meeting this week at the MPD South District. The purpose of the gathering is to inform the public about a sex offender, who is soon to be into the area.

Enrique J. Merrill, age 34, will be living at 1134 Catalpa Circle #A in Madison.
His criminal history includes convictions for two counts of 2nd Degree Sexual Assault of a Child in 1994 and two counts of 2nd Degree Sexual Assault of a Child in 1997.

His victims have included teenage females. Merrill is on GPS with 24-hour electronic monitoring. Merrill remains a lifetime registrant of the Wisconsin Sex Offender Registration Program and will need to comply with all registration requirements.

Date of Meeting: Thursday, April 30 2009

Time of Meeting: 6:00p.m - 7:30p.m.

Place of Meeting: Madison Police Department
South District Community Room
825 Hughes Place, Madison, WI 53713

Purpose of Meeting: To Provide Information and Education to nearby residents about a Convicted Sex Offender relocating to their neighborhood in the City of Madison.

WI State Statute 301.45 (Act 440), the Sex Offender Registration and Community Notification law, designed to enhance public safety and protection took effect June 1, 1997. A Sex Offender Information Bulletin will be available at the meeting, in the interest of increased community safety. The bulletin may contain information which parents may find unsuitable for sharing with elementary school age children.

The Sex Offender Information Bulletin is not intended to create fear or panic in the neighborhood, but to increase awareness, and to emphasize the need to practice protective behaviors for yourself and your children. The purpose of the community meeting is to provide you with information and education. At the community meeting representatives of the Department of Corrections Sex Offender Registry and Madison Police Department will: inform you about Act 440; provide information on sex offenders in general; provide information on the subject named in the Bulletin, including some specifics of his pattern of offense; present educational information on how to protect yourself and your children from sex offenders and how to talk to your children about protective behaviors. The meeting will conclude with a question and answer session. Parents are asked not to bring children to this meeting, as some of the information presented is unsuitable for small children.

The purpose of the Bulletin and the Community Meeting is NOT; to harass or further punish the offender, who has served the term of incarceration, prescribed by the sentencing judge; to further traumatize the offender's victims; or to hamper the offender's chances for reintegration into the community. The subject identified in the Sex Offender Information Bulletin has completed his entire sentence and because of the nature of his convictions, he does have a reduced expectation of privacy. He has however, the same civil and constitutional rights as other citizens of Madison. The Madison Community and the Madison Police Department will not tolerate threats, harassment or acts of vigilantism against the offender, his family or his residence.

If you need an interpreter, materials in alternative format or other accommodations to access this service, activity, or program please contact the Madison Police Department at 266-5938. Such requests should be made as soon as possible, but no later than 48 hours prior to the scheduled meeting.

Contact:
  • Lt. Jane Stoklasa, 266-5938
  • Capt. Joe Balles, 266-5938
  • Joel DeSpain, 266-4897