Two lifetime sex offender registrants, both of them homeless, have recently been released into the Waukesha community, police said last week.
The Waukesha County Sheriff's Department and the Waukesha Police Department in separate news bulletins shared information about the release of Jessie Vasquez and Thomas Kopp. Authorities said neither Vasquez, 50, nor Kopp, 29, has a permanent address.
Police said both men met with law enforcement for face-to-face registration when they were released and have been placed on GPS monitoring. If either of them violate the terms of their lifetime registry, or the GPS conditions, they will be taken back into custody.
Vasquez was released Tuesday, Feb. 7, according to the sheriff's department. The bulletin for Kopp was dated Feb. 3.
Online court records indicate Vazquez was convicted in 1987 of first-degree sexual assault of a minor, and in 1999 of repeated sexual assault of the same child and third-degree sexual assault.
He is required to make regular contact with his assigned probation and parole agent and advise that agent of his locations, which will be verified through GPS. He was also required to meet extensively with the state Department of Corrections upon his release.
Kopp, according to court records, was convicted in 2012 for possession of child pornography. In addition to complying with the state sex offender registry and GPS rules, he is also prohibited from having any unsupervised contact with minors, cannot patronize taverns, bars or liquor stores, must not contact his victim and cannot purchase, possess or consume alcohol or illegal drugs.
The DOC's probation and parole office is in Waukesha, at 1900 Pewaukee Road, so when homeless sex offenders are released they are by default set free here.
That fact, and the case of Kenneth McDonald – a homeless sex offender who was arrested less than a day after he was released for violating the terms of his supervision – last year led local alderman to increase the distance sex offenders are allowed to live in proximity to local schools and parks.