Erickson is now married but does not live with his wife, even though the Department of Corrections has placed no restrictions on where he resides other than reporting his address.
The mobile home his wife owns is located on rental property, and the landlord allows Erickson only to visit, not reside there, because of his criminal past.“People don’t see me," Erickson said.
Placing Milwaukee County offenders in other Wisconsin counties is a new phenomenon.
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Read more: Uproar over sex offender release Four months later, no viable options have been found in Dodge County for housing the two men.
In December 2015, Manitowoc and Two Rivers approved ordinances that ban the placement of sex offenders who lived outside the cities before they were sentenced. Rickert, a Milwaukee-area offender, was placed in Manitowoc the month prior.
Last November, placement of two high-risk sex offenders in Brownsville near a home where two young children live caused an uproar and packed a town hall meeting.
Residents in Brownsville, backed by Dodge County Sheriff Dale Schmidt, were so up in arms a judge reversed the decision and removed the sex offenders from the home.
Currently, there are 3,000 homeless sex offenders in the state because of prohibitive ordinances.“How safe is that?
I would rather have a sex offender living in a supervised location, getting the support they need, than living out on the street angry, with no hope,” Henger said.
The report looked at 12,849 sex offenders during that time period and found that 4.9 percent ended up re-offending sexually.
Henger, the state-licensed counselor, believes that when communities tell an offender he can’t live there, it adds gasoline to the fire.
Read more: Towns brace for Milwaukee sex offenders Over the past two years, the state has initiated 11 statewide searches to place the offenders, nine of whom lived in Milwaukee County before serving time, according to the Department of Health Services.