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Exclusive: Sex Offender Speaks Out

In his first one-on-one interview since getting out of prison, registered sex offender Sam Brandt says he's trying to move on.
GREEN BAY, Wisc. (WFRV) In his first one-on-one interview since getting out of prison, registered sex offender Sam Brandt says he's trying to move on.

"I'm ashamed of what I did, but it's done. Everybody makes mistakes. You just move on. You try to move on," Brandt said.

Brandt spent 7 1/2 years in prison after being found guilty of sexually assaulting an 11-year-old girl.

Shortly before his release, Green Bay's Sex Offender Residency Board gave the okay for Brandt to live with his parents on Green Bay's eastside. However, after outcry from neighbors, the Board overturned their decision.

Since that ruling, Brandt has been listed as "homeless".

"They should be able to know where I am without having to worry. If I have a place of residence that they can get on their computers and look up and say, 'ok he's living at this address. Okay. That's fine. We know where he is'. My being listed as homeless, nobody knows where I am. They don't know where I'm going to be putting my head for the night," Brandt told Local 5's Wendy Fleury.

However, a loophole discovered in a Green Bay ordinance is allowing Brandt to stay with his parents nearly everyday, even though authorities said no.

That loophole allows Brandt to stay up to three consecutive nights at a home without establishing residency.

It's something Green Bay Alderman Tom De Wane wants changed immediately.

"It's something our attorneys seemed to put in our ordinance. It's not nothing our Council did or anything like that. So we got to somehow find out what happened, why this happened and figure out what our attorneys are doing," De Wane said.

While Brandt attends several group meetings a week, he says his past conviction is a constant struggle.

"I always question that and I'm doing my darndest to make sure I don't [reoffend]. It's not something I'm proud of. I'm really ashamed of what I did. I wish I never did it."

Brandt is scheduled to appear before the Green Bay Sex Offender  Residency Board tomorrow (Wednesday). He will again request the Board to allow  him to live with his parents.

He says he just wants to move on with his life.

"I have family right here. They're willing to provide me a place to live while I'm looking for a job. I don't plan on staying here the rest of my life. I just want to stay here until I find a job and find a place of my own." 



 

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