Neighbors protest sex offender's location
They want stricter ordinance that would keep him farther from park or out of town completely
Fox Point — Nearly two dozen residents, concerned for the safety of their children, want the Village Board to adopt a sex offender ordinance similar to those of neighboring communities.
The residents are upset because convicted sex offender Anthony Jazinski, 41, has moved into a house at 8314 N. Regent Road, near a park frequented by neighborhood children. There is also a school bus stop directly in front of Jazinski's residence.
The board in 2007 considered an ordinance that would restrict where sex offenders could live in the village, but believing such ordinances would not stand a court test, it adopted nothing.
"We are one of the few suburbs in the county that allow any sex offenders to live here," resident Kristy Suing said at last week's board meeting. She asked the board to consider an ordinance similar to those in Glendale, Brown Deer and Bayside.
Those ordinances do not allow convicted sex offenders who have not previously lived in the communities to move to them after being released from prison; create child safety zones where offenders cannot go; and prohibit offenders from living within a specified distance from places such as schools, day cares and parks.
The current village ordinance prohibits sex offenders from loitering within 2,000 feet of schools or parks and within 200 feet of a day care.
The village ordinance also prohibits sex offenders from passing out Halloween candy or dressing up like Santa Claus or the Easter Bunny within 30 days of those holidays.
According to the village website, in July 2004 Jazinski was convicted in Dodge County Circuit Court of repeated second-degree sexual assault of the same child. The victim, an 11-year-old girl, lived in a house where Jazinski resided for about two months. Jazinski is under extended supervision with the Department of Corrections for 6 1/2 years and is prohibited from having unsupervised contact with females under the age of 18. Jazinski is also on a GPS monitor.
Others in attendance supported Suing plea for a stronger ordinance, including Donalda Hammersmith, who told the board she was sexually molested as a child. She said she watches an "endless parade of kids going to the park" and is concerned about their safety.
"It took until I was 40 years old to get over that," she said. "Mr. Jazinski does not belong in the house he is living in."
Village President Mike West said the topic will be on the Oct. 12 Village Board agenda for discussion.
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