GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) - For the first time, Green Bay’s Sex Offender Residency Board has reversed its decision to allow a child sex offender to live in the city.
Neighbors complained after the board approved in July 50-year-old Samuel Brandt’s appeal to move in with his parents at 471 South Huron Road.
The board voted to reconsider, then denied his request after hearing from a handful of neighbors who opposed Brandt’s request. Many said they did not feel their families would be safe with Brandt living nearby.
His parents pleaded with the board, saying there is nothing to be afraid of and they would be there to support him.
Brandt was recently released from prison after serving seven years for sexually assaulting in 11-year-old girl that he had personal ties with.
The biggest complaint from neighbors that led to the board's reconsideration was over the lack of notification of Brandt’s request to live in the area.
The city has no proximity notification system.
At the board’s last meeting, they recommended to the city council that a system be established.
Under city ordinance, around 95% of the city is off limits to sex offenders and have to appeal to the board to live in restricted areas. They take into consideration the offender's crime, circumstances, risk of offending again, the area's proximity to schools and kids play areas.
After the decision, Brandt says he will be homeless.