#childsafety | Convicted in 2003, sex offender released in Monroe


MONROE — Registered sex offender Chad Osbaugh, 38, was to be released from the Department of Corrections March 23.

He will be residing at 1317 17th Street.  

He will be on GPS monitoring and will have rules and guidelines he must follow.  To do otherwise would cause an investigation and could result in his being taken into custody. In the future, these persons may be allowed to move to a new address within the community, and there will be no new notice for this.  However, his address will be maintained in the Sex Offender Registry. 

Osbaugh was charged with first degree sexual assault of a child in 2002 and convicted a year later after a jury trial. 

Due to the past crimes and current status of the individual, the department has made the decision to give notice by press release and community flyer dissemination in this instance.

Wisconsin Statute 301.45 (Act 440), the Sex Offender Registration and Community Notification law, designed to enhance public safety and protection took effect June 1, 1997.  The Sex Offender release flyer is being circulated in the interest of increased community safety.  The bulletin may contain information which parents may find useful in discussing protective behaviors with their children.

This bulletin is not intended to create fear or panic in the community, but to increase awareness, and to emphasize the need to practice protective behaviors, for both parents and their children.  The notice is to provide the public with information.  This notice is to inform the public about Act 440; provide information on sex offenders in general; provide information on the subject named in the bulletin, including some specifics of his/her pattern of offense and rules of supervision; information on the Police Department’s response plan related to the offender; and present educational information on how to protect adults and children from sex offenders, and how to talk to children about protective behaviors. 

The purpose of the bulletin is not; to harass or further punish the offender, who has served the term of incarceration prescribed by the sentencing judge; to further traumatize the offender’s victims; or to hamper the offender’s chances for reintegration into the community.

The subject identified in the bulletin has been duly released from secure custody, and is under the supervision of the Department of Corrections.  Because of the nature of his/her convictions, he/she does have a reduced expectation of privacy.  He/she has however, the same civil and constitutional rights as other citizens of Monroe.  Threats, harassment or acts of vigilantism against the offender, his/her family or his/her residence will not be tolerated by the Monroe community nor its police department.

LAW ENFORCEMENT RESPONSE PLAN

The Monroe Police Department will make a community notice to make the community aware of the presence of this sexual offender, and assist in educating the community on protective behaviors. This notice is part of that notice plan. The offender listed in this notice will be brought to the Police Department for a face to face meeting, at which time the offender’s photo and fingerprints will be taken. The offender will be given notice of rules and expectations. The Police Department will make the offender’s residence part of a targeted patrol plan for increased routine patrols, and will make unannounced visits to the offender’s residence as a team effort with Probation and Parole agents. Any alerts, tips or complaints will bring a police response. The Police Department will actively investigate reports of any violations, and assist with further action on any verified violations.

PROTECTIVE BEHAVIORS AND STAYING SAFE

Protective Behaviors is based on two themes: 

1.) We all have the right to feel safe all of the time; and others have the right to feel safe with us. 

2.) We can talk with someone we trust about anything, no matter how awful or small. 

 It is important to talk with children about what feels safe, adventurous and unsafe to him/her and how their body responds to these feelings. Remind the child it is okay to share his/her feelings and  encourage the child to communicate how they feel with a trusted adult. Encourage the child to be able to recognize  at least 5 adults they can trust and would be able to talk to if their parent or guardian were unavailable.  

Practice “what if” scenarios with the child. Examples of “what if” scenarios are below.

Get your child to think about how he/she would be feeling, how their body would be responding and what decisions he/she would make:

•  What if a man or woman you do not know approaches you and is very upset because he or she cannot find their puppy? The person asks you to get in their car to drive around and help him or her find the puppy. What are you feeling and what would you do?

•  What if you are at a new playground and there is a really tall slide that you want to try and go down? You decide to start climbing the ladder up to the top. How are you feeling? Do you go down it? When you do go down it, how are you feeling when you are at the bottom?

•  What if you were shopping with a family member or friend and you get separated from them? What are you feeling? A person you don’t know sees you are scared and asks to have you go with them to help you find your family member or friend? What do you do? Is there someone in the store you can go to for help? If yes, who would that person be?

Adults shouldn’t approach kids for help. Adults should approach adults for help.

Always remember the first rule of safety

Always tell a trusted adult:

■ Where I am going

■ Who I am going to be with

■ When I will be back



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