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Judge’s Order, Discharge From DHS Care Allows Child Sex Offender To Move To Antigo

Wisconsin Sex Offender Registry

A convicted child sex offender was able to move from the Crandon area to Antigo because of a judge’s order in May.

On Monday, the Antigo Police Department announced Jeffrey Levasseur, 53, is now living in Antigo.  Levasseur was convicted of sexually assaulting three children in the 1990s and served time in secure state treatment facilities.

Last Saturday, the state Department of Health Services discharged Levasseur from its care, thereby allowing him to choose where to live.  Before that, Levasseur had been required to live under state supervision at rural home near Crandon.  That home was in Forest County, where Levasseur committed crimes in 1995.  Sexual offenders are generally returned to their county of residence at the time of the offense.  The state finally found a residence for Levasseur after several attempts.

On May 14, Judge Neal Nielsen, who is assigned to Levasseur’s case, signed an order for Levasseur’s discharge from Department of Health Services (DHS) care.  Under Nielsen’s orders, it took effect Nov. 30, meaning Levasseur was free to move at that time.

In an email, DHS Communications Specialist Jennifer Miller wrote convicted sex offenders, once discharged from DHS care, are “still required to have lifetime GPS tracking, and [are] responsible for registering and follow rules related to the Sex Offender Registry Program, which is run by the state Department of Corrections.”

According to the state Sex Offender Registry, Levasseur lives at the Antigo Hotel in Antigo.

An online petition protesting Levasseur’s move to Langlade County had more than 1,700 signatures as of Thursday afternoon.

Ben worked as the Special Topics Correspondent at WXPR from September 2019 until November 2021. He now contributes occasionally to WXPR. During his full-time employment, his main focus was reporting on environment and natural resources issues in northern Wisconsin and Michigan's Upper Peninsula as part of The Stream, a weekly series.
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