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Just-released Wisconsin sex offender found guilty of new charges

An eastern Wisconsin man previously convicted of a sex crime involving children is headed back to prison after being found guilty of child enticement. He faces up to 45 years in prison and another 30 years of extended supervision when he's sentenced next month.

 The 51-year-old man was accused of approaching three boys at a park last July and asking them to help him find a set of railroad tracks in a secluded area of the woods. A nanny caring for the boys became suspicious and called police, reporting that the man was getting too close to them and asking them to go into the woods with him. Investigators said they found beer and whiskey in the man's car, which had the back seat down and contained two sections of rope. A preliminary test showed the man's blood alcohol content was .14.

The incident occurred just weeks after he was released from state supervision, having been convicted of molesting two young boys about 25 years ago. Before his prison release date in 2001, he was committed to an intensive treatment center, followed by supervised release in 2007. A public outcry against his release prompted officials in Waukesha to adopt residency restrictions for sex offenders in Wisconsin. Initially the man was watched by mandatory escorts, electronic monitoring and satellite tracking, and he was required to continue treatment. But the restrictions were gradually loosened as he got married and held down a job as a janitor.

This man's case demonstrates that sex offender treatment may not be effective for everyone. Unfortunately, there's a tendency for the public to assume that all convicted sex offenders are just as likely to reoffend and can never be trusted, even with treatment and supervision.

Such misconceptions make it difficult for anyone convicted of a sex crime, no matter how minor, to recover from a conviction or even false accusations. If you're facing sex crime charges, you'll need the counsel of an attorney who understands the risks you face and the options in front of you. These charges don't have to ruin your life if you take the right steps to salvage your reputation.

Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Jury convicts sex offender Marth of child enticement," Mike Johnson, May 17, 2012

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