State moving sex offender from Hanover to Beloit

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Gina Duwe
Tuesday, March 12, 2013

— The end is near for sex offenders living in the small, rural community of Hanover.

A man committed under the state's sexually violent offender law will move to a home in Beloit later this month, and the town of Plymouth might pass an ordinance to prevent future placements in Hanover.

Clayton J. Smith, 52, will move from 8121 W. Mill St., Hanover, to a home at 2219 Euclid Ave., Beloit.

“We are delighted,” Plymouth Chairman Larry Harding said.

Smith's placement with another man committed under the sexually violent offender law caused an uproar among Hanover residents and officials last spring. The other offender died in November.

Local and state representatives say the ongoing concern from the community played a role in the state's decision to not renew its contract with the Hanover homeowner. The contract expires at the end of March, and Smith is expected to move the week of March 25.

Smith will move into the Beloit home with Mark R. Taber Sr., 58, who will be released from Sand Ridge Treatment Center, Mauston. Taber is expected to move in between March 18 and 28.

The Beloit Police Department will hold a public meeting Wednesday night to educate and notify residents about Smith and Taber.

Tonight, the Plymouth Town Board is expected to discuss creating a sex offender ordinance. The board will consider prohibiting registered sex offenders from living within 1,000 feet of a church, town hall, bar, restaurant, community center, playground or registered day care centers, Harding said.

Such an ordinance would give officials “something to stand on” if the state ever seeks a placement in Hanover again, Harding said.

The future of the Mill Street home in Hanover remains unclear. The owner of the home offered to sell it to the town last fall for 25 percent less than the assessed value of $83,200, Harding said. The town is not interested, he said.

The home does not appear to be listed for sale, and no “For Sale” sign is in the yard, Harding said.

The homeowner could not be reached for comment.

Last updated: 7:57 am Monday, April 29, 2013

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