A sad day for Rock County and Beloit happened Oct. 19 when the city of Beloit held a community meeting  at City Hall.

Approximately 30 people showed up, including my daughter and I. The issue to be discussed was a sex offender to be placed on the west side of Beloit. This person’s name is Steven M. Schuelke from La Crosse.

The 41-year-old has been convicted of third-degree sexual assault on three occasions beginning in 1993. Ten years later, Schuelke had a similar conviction. In 2006, he had his parole revoked and was sentenced to another two years in prison. The Wisconsin Department of Justice filed a civil commitment order stating that Schuelke suffers from a mental condition that predisposes him to engage in acts of violence and should be committed for treatment at Sand Ridge Secure Treatment Center.

As of Oct. 11, Schuelke is under supervised release from Sand Ridge. Beloit was not the first choice the state picked for his third-stage rehabilitation. La Crosse didn’t want him, and then they shipped him to Kenosha County, but the sheriff fought the state placement and won.

Beloit and Rock County have enough crime problems without being forced by the state to accept a sex offender from outside the area. Maybe our Rock County sheriff could help out and get rid of this sex offender. If our sheriff needs help finding out how to do this, he could enlist in the aid of the Kenosha County Sheriff’s Office. Apparently they care more about the safety of their citizens.



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