One week after the announced release of two homeless sex offenders in Waukesha, police have announced a third.
The Waukesha Police Department on Tuesday, Feb. 14 issued a news bulletin regarding the release of 26-year-old Brandon Melton, a lifetime sex offender registrant. Melton does not have a permanent address, the bulletin said, and may be residing in the city.
Police said Melton is required to meet with law enforcement for face-to-face registration when he is released and will be placed on GPS monitoring. If he violates the terms of his lifetime registry, or the GPS conditions, he will be taken back into custody.
The state Department of Correction'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.
According to the bulletin and court records, Melton was convicted in 2010 of second-degree sexual assault of a child. That charge stemmed from an incident in which Melton had consensual sex with a then-13-year-old acquaintance.
He groped three other 13-year-old acquaintances while out on bail for that charge, the bulletin said.
Melton is prohibited from having any unsupervised contact with minors, cannot patronize taverns, bars or liquor stores, and cannot purchase, possess or consume alcohol or illegal drugs.
Last week, police announced the release of two additional homeless sex offenders, Jessie Vasquez and Thomas Kopp.
The location of the DOC's probation and parole office 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.