Neighbors in a rural community say they're concerned about what might happen when a convicted murderer and sex offender is released near their homes.
The Clark County Sheriff's Department says Gary Thiede will be released on September 1. It says he'll live at W4708 Blueberry Road, southeast of Neillsville.
A Department of Corrections spokesperson says the sheriff's department received mostly positive feedback during its canvas of the two miles surrounding the home where Theide will live.
Neighbors we talked to on Tuesday say they're concerned about what could happen once Thiede moves in.
“There's a lot of people in the neighborhood upset about it,” Robert Bloch said. When a parole officer stopped his Rural Neillsville home on Monday to say that Gary Thiede will be placed next door in about two weeks, the father of two young girls says he was shocked.
“I've told my wife…she's upset,” he said. “She went to the courthouse to find out if there's any way to stop it from happening, but everybody's all kind of upset. I don't know really what to do.”
Thiede was convicted of killing 16-year-old Robert Aponte in Jackson County in 1988. He was later convicted of sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl he knew in Clark County.
Jodi Voegli with the D.O.C. says she hopes concerned neighbors keep a closer eye on Thiede, and their anxiety ends up as a positive.
“It's sort of relatively isolated,” she said. “There's only one or two other houses in the area.”
Bloch just hopes Thiede's placement doesn't go as planned.
“When you have children of your own, I mean, it's a little bit different to think about than just everybody getting together to help the guy out,” he said.
Thiede was previously expected to be placed in a different home near Neillsville, but the landlord backed out after neighbors complained.
Thiede will stay under the D.O.C.'s supervision until September 2016.
State law says Theide has to be released in Clark County because that's where he was convicted of the sexual assault.
(PRESS RELEASE) - The Clark County Sheriff's Department is releasing the following information pursuant to WI State Statute # 301.46 (2)(M), which authorizes law enforcement agencies to inform the public of a sex offenders release when, in the discretion of the agency, the release of the information will enhance public safety, awareness and protection. The individual who appears on this notification has been convicted of a sex offense. Further, his criminal history places him in a classification level, which reflects the potential to re-offend.
This sex offender has served the sentence imposed on him by the courts. He is NOT wanted by law enforcement at this time. This notification is not intended to increase fear; rather, it is our belief that an informed public is a safer public.
Sex offenders have always lived in our communities, but it was not until the Sex Offender Registration and Community Notification Law was enacted that Law Enforcement was able to share this information with the community.
Gary W. Thiede will be released on September 1, 2010. He will be residing at W4780 Blueberry Rd Neillsville WI 54456. Gary W. Thiede is 40 years old. He is a white male, 5'10'', 225 lbs., has red hair and blue eyes.
Mr. Thiede served a prison sentence for 2nd Degree Murder, 3rd Degree Sexual Assault and Attempted Enticing of a Child for Immoral Purposes.
Mr. Thiede will be supervised by WI Dept. of Correction agents specializing in intensive supervision. In addition to the intensive supervision rules, he has special conditions of supervision which include the following; no unsupervised contact with minors, he may not be in a place whose primary business is the sale of alcohol, no contact with any of his victims or their family members and he is not to consume any alcohol or drugs. He is to comply with the standard sex offender rules, cooperate with electronic monitoring, face-to-face contact with Law Enforcement required and to comply with all requirements and will be a registrant of the WI Sex Offender Registration Program.
If Gary W. Thiede violates any of these rules or conditions of his parole, he will be taken into custody and placed in confinement, pending review of possible revocation proceedings. Witnesses to violations should report them to the Clark County Sheriff's Department.
Mr. Thiede will remain under the supervision of the WI Dept. of Corrections until Sept. 2nd, 2016.