GREEN BAY, Wis. (WFRV) - A convicted sex offender's request to live with his parents on Green Bay's eastside has been denied - again. And while Sam Brandt can appeal the Sex Offender Residency Board's decision in another month, some city lawmakers say the process needs to be changed.
City aldermen say their main concern is an apparent loophole within the exisiting law. It allows Brandt to stay, at least part-time with his parents, even though their home was previously deemed unsuitable for the sex offender.
Brandt was released from prison in August for assaulting an 11-year old girl. At that time he asked the board for permission to take up residence with his mother and stepfather at their home on Huron Road. The request was denied after residents objected.
Wednesday afternoon he came before the board to make the same request - again it was denied. However as Local 5 reported Tuesday - that Huron Road home is exactly where Brandt has been living, at least three days out of the week. Brandt's family says the present ordinance allows it. Green Bay aldermen say it's a loophole that will be closed.
"As far as I'm concerned this board has actually told him he can't live there and if he's not breaking the law - why even have this board," said Alderman Jerry Wiezbiskie.
"Because it isn't defined from the standpoint of what your residence is, whether sleeping there - spending 5 hours there - 10 hours, it hasn't been defined, so I think the city council needs to define what residency really is," said Dean Gerondale, chairman of the Sex Offender Residency Board.
Aldermen at today's hearing plan to do just that - as well as to set limits to the number of appeals allowed before the residency board. Right now appeals can be made every month.
The decision was made with a vote of 3-2 to not let him live with his parents on Green Bay's east side. Brandt has been living with his parents on different occasions but no more than 3 consecutive days. That rule was said to be a loophole by the council and one they want to see changed.
Local 5's Millaine Wells has more in this breaking news report.