Two Wisconsin girls who said they were assaulted by a teen, and the parents of a 4-year-old Oregon girl attacked by a baby sitter want Wisconsin to allow police to notify neighbors when a juvenile sex offender lives near them, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports. Police said they couldn’t warn people in the community about one offender’s record because it occurred when he was a juvenile.
Advocates of changing the law said would let local police decide how to notify residents of any convicted juvenile sex offender living near them. That could include holding community or neighborhood meetings or just notifying local civic and school leaders. The State Bar Association of Wisconsin’s children and law section opposes the proposal, saying that 90 percent of juvenile offenders don’t commit subsequent sexual assaults. The bar panel wants a measure that would allow judges, with the help of experts, to decide case by case whether law enforcement officials should be allowed to notify community members about a juvenile offender’s history.