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Sex offender to move to Main Street address

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ROCHELLE B. BIRKELO
December 6, 2007
— Police warned staff at Hedberg Public Library on Wednesday about the release of sex offender Jonathan J. Burhans to an apartment near the library.

“We’re concerned that Mr. Burhans' victims have been children, and given his living proximity to the library, they should be informed,” Janesville Police Deputy Chief David Moore said.


Police gave library staff a flyer with a description of Burhans, his photo and a list of restrictions he has to follow, Moore said.


Officers also notified adjoining homes and businesses of Burhans’ release, Moore said.


The Wisconsin Department of Corrections notified Janesville police of Burhans’ release Monday from the Rock Valley Community Program halfway house and that the 32-year-old established residence in the 100 block of South Main Street.


The library is at 316 S. Main St.


Burhans will continue to be supervised by the state Department of Corrections until October 2008. Until then, he is restricted to:


-- No visits to the Hedberg Public Library.


-- No contact with minors.


-- No alcohol or illegal drugs.


-- Electronic monitoring.


-- Life registration with the sex offender registry.


Burhans’ criminal history includes a 1995 conviction of fourth-degree sexual assault involving a 15-year-old girl, a 1997 conviction of second-degree sexual assault to a child involving a 14-year-old girl and a 1997 conviction for third-degree sexual assault to an adult female.


Current sex offender information is available at offender.doc.state.wi.us/public.

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