Sex offender being released Thursday

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Gazette staff
Wednesday, December 11, 2013

JANESVILLE—A Janesville man found to be a sexually violent person will be moved Thursday from a secure mental health facility to a west side residence, where he will live under supervised release.

Larry D. Cook, 51, will live at 17 S. Willard Ave., according to a Janesville Police Department news release.

Rock County Judge Michael Fitzpatrick on Dec. 2 approved Cook's supervised release from Sand Ridge Secure Treatment Center in Mauston, according to court documents.

Cook was convicted of second-degree sexual assault in 1995 and was sentenced to prison. The Wisconsin Department of Justice in June 2002 filed a petition to keep Cook locked up after his prison term expired under a civil commitment as a sexually violent person. According to the petition, Cook:

-- In 1988 was convicted of forcing a 14-year-old girl to have sex in a public park.

-- In 1991 was convicted in Lee County, Ill., of disrobing at a woman's home and answering the door naked when police arrived.

-- In 1995 was convicted of forcing a female coworker to perform sex acts.

A Rock County jury in April 2003 found Cook to be a sexually violent person, and he was ordered held at Sand Ridge on a civil commitment.

After his release, Cook will be required to comply with standard sex offender rules, including lifetime GPS monitoring. He will be allowed no unsupervised activities in the community for one year.

Police are notifying the public because “we believe a more informed community is a safer community,” Deputy Chief Dan Davis said.

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