(WEAU) - A community came out to hear about the release of a man who the state says is a sexually violent person Wednesday night.
Investigators talked to people in Arkansaw, near Durand, about the upcoming release of Kerry Abbott. Officers say he has a past filled with several violent sex crimes against adult women in their homes. He's been in a mental health facility in Mauston since 2001. He was let out of prison in 1994 and lived in Durand, but the Pepin County sheriff says he violated parole and was sent back to prison in 1996.
Wednesday night, dozens of people came out to hear about his release which could happen before July 27th. Several agencies talked to a gym full of people about Abbott moving to their small town.
The sheriff says he'll live in a house on County Highway D and will be monitored by GPS. Officers say he will have to be escorted to work, church and on errands. They say he may even be subjected to random lie detector tests.
The sheriff told us this is a judge's order and they have to abide by it, but want people to feel safe.
State law requires offenders to be released in the county they committed their offense in.