Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Shawn Schulpius and Edwin West

UPDATE, March 25, 2014: Neighborhood concerned over sex offenders set to gain more freedoms.

Two men are moving into a home on Milwaukee's southeast side.

The new neighbors are Shawn Schulpius and Edwin West - sex offenders.

These are bad men. They're dangerous.

Is it surprising that residents in the area don't want them released in their neighborhood?


Is it surprising that during a meeting at St. Veronica Church Milwaukee County D.A. John Chisholm told concerned residents that the sex offenders WILL be moving in and they need to deal with it?


From the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:

Two convicted sex offenders scheduled to soon move into a Bay View home drew a crowd of a couple hundred residents to a meeting Monday night.

After listening to police, prosecutors and corrections officials explain why Shawn Schulpius and Edwin West will move to a rental home in the 1100 block of E. Van Beck Ave. later this month, residents scribbled questions on cards and later angrily shouted questions. One resident asked how they could feel secure if both West and Schulpius are repeat offenders.

Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm said the men have served their sentences as well as many years at a secure treatment center for sex offenders in Mauston and now experts have determined, and a judge has agreed, that they should be allowed back into society.

"I understand there are great concerns of everyone in this room," Chisholm said at the meeting inside St. Veronica Church on E. Norwich Ave. "We treat all these cases like they're our neighborhood."

Does Chisholm have two sex offenders like Schulpius and West living down the street from his family?

Check out the crimes of new neighbors Shawn Schulpius and Edwin West:

West, 48, was convicted twice of sexually assaulting an acquaintance when he was 23 and 25; Schulpius, 39, was convicted of sexual assault of a 6-year-old girl, a 12-year-old girl and a 4-year-old boy when he was a teenager. The sex offenders were both convicted in Milwaukee County and will live together.
Good Lord.

Schulpius did monstrous things. He admitted to assaulting TWENTY victims in less than a decade. TWENTY.

Other neighborhoods have been successful in keeping Schulpius out, but this time, officials are ignoring the residents, leaving them feeling powerless and victimized.

Both men were committed under Wisconsin's Chapter 980 law that allows inmates deemed sexually violent to be held for mental health treatment after they serve their prison terms. Schulpius has received more media attention because he repeatedly sought supervised release from the program at Sand Ridge Secure Treatment Center with his case reaching the state Supreme Court in 2005.

For many years Milwaukee County prosecutors successfully argued against Schulpius' discharge from Sand Ridge until a judge last month decided he should be released.

Officials told the crowd Monday night that for the first year Schulpius and West will be under strict supervision and will not be allowed to leave their home - not even to get mail or shovel the sidewalk - except under limited conditions such as buying groceries and going to therapy sessions. Whenever they leave home in the first year they'll be accompanied by escorts.
If their supervision will be so tight, it seems to me that they aren't exactly ready to be released into the community.

Will someone live with them, monitoring them constantly? No.

This is insane.

After the first year the men are expected to get jobs to pay for their living expenses. And for the rest of their lives they must wear GPS monitoring ankle bracelets while they're in Wisconsin and comply with the sex offender registry program.

When residents asked how their neighborhood was chosen, an official said many locations are considered and in this case at least 30 rental homes were investigated before the location on E. Van Beck Ave. was picked.
Why dump them in this neighborhood?

Is the plan to let yet another Milwaukee neighborhood go to hell?

I don't understand why Schulpius and West will be unleashed in an area with so many schools.

"There's absolutely no perfect placement. We recognize that," said Jason Cram, supervised release program manager at Sand Ridge. "There simply isn't a place in Wisconsin where there will be no children nearby."
Then keep them locked up and away from the good people.

Here's more:

Schulpius has repeatedly sought supervised release or discharge from the program without success. His case once threatened the constitutional underpinning of the Chapter 980 law, adopted in 1994, when it got all the way to the state Supreme Court in 2005.

"He's been continually involved in one of the most strenuous treatment programs in the country," said his attorney, Robert W. Peterson.

On Thursday, Schulpius appeared before Milwaukee County Circuit Judge Charles F. Kahn Jr. via video conference from the Sand Ridge Secure Treatment Center.

"This is going to be a big change for you, and it's not going be easy," Kahn told Schulpius, who sat alone in small room wearing a blue dress shirt and a tie.

Kahn told Schulpius he'll be under be greater restrictions, in many ways, than at Sand Ridge, and that he will have "no wiggle room" around some 50 specific conditions of supervised release. "You're ready for that?" Kahn asked.

"Yes sir," Schulpius responded.

The supervised release plan Kahn approved will keep Schulpius under constant electronic surveillance. His limited excursions from home will be accompanied by someone from a supervision team. He will be subject to scheduled and unannounced visits from a probation agent, polygraph tests, physical exams, continued counseling and training.

Assistant District Attorney Gale Shelton said prosecutors gave the release plan - prepared by the Department of Health Services, which runs the Sand Ridge center - "very close consideration."

She reminded Kahn that in four reports from 2000 to 2012, Sand Ridge staff thought Schulpius met the conditions for discharge. Relying on different experts, prosecutors convinced a jury in 2010 that Schulpius was still more likely than not to reoffend, and his release was denied.
In 2010, Schulpius was deemed likely to reoffend.

What's happened since? Are we to believe that in the last three years he's changed, and that he no longer wants to assault children?

What can residents do now that their children are in danger?

Police are telling them to form block watch groups, block watch groups to keep the sex offenders in line.


Alderman Tony Zielinski blames the state of Wisconsin for having laws that allow sex offenders to be placed in "densely populated neighborhoods."

In other words, "There's nothing I can do. Don't blame me."

Residents would be crazy not to blame Zielinski. There were 30 other homes cited as possible locations for the criminals. If he can't protect his constituents in a matter as important as this, then he's a bad alderman and should be voted out of office.

Chisholm had the audacity to say the residents should remember the Chapter 980 law kept the offenders out of the neighborhood for as long as it did.

That's no consolation. Put Schulpius somewhere else, someplace with a less target rich environment. Area residents have the right to protect themselves from this threat.

Chisholm says they've run out of options to keep Schulpius locked up. Really? Chisholm managed to drag out that John Doe investigation for years. I'm sure he could do something. Maybe if residents appeal to Chisholm by saying they signed the Scott Walker recall petition he'll try a little harder not to punish these law-abiding citizens.


Watch video, from CBS-58.

Watch video, from TMJ 4.


servocrow said...

Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office
Attn: Sheriff David A. Clarke, Jr.
821 W. State Street
Milwaukee, WI 53233

cc: The Asa Hutchinson Law Group, LLC
Attn: Asa Hutchinson
3300 Market St.
Suite 404
Rogers, AR 72758

cc: The National Rifle Association
Attn: Wayne LaPierre
11250 Waples Mill Road
Fairfax, VA 22030



We are reaching out to you in light of recent events concerning the two child sex predators set to move into our neighborhood, one of which is Shawn Schulpius a career criminal and repeat offender. As you know the location they are scheduled to be moved into is: 1124 E Van Beck, located near schools and residences with children.

The meeting at St. Veronica's on Monday 3/18/2013 ended with all of us having no answers and a deeper sense of dread concerning what is about to happen to our neighborhood, all of what was covered was the CRIMINALS rights, not the rights of good hard working people who reside in this area. We are now left to feel helpless and left to our own devices, sink or swim.

Our proposal is to reach out, neighbor to neighbor, to form what we would refer to as a “neighborhood patrol”. This patrol would be comprised of residents in the neighborhood, keeping watch on the residence in question on Van Beck, recording activity and being a visual presence in the neighborhood.
The patrols two main objectives/goals would be the following:

The provide a safe environment within our neighborhood so that our children can play.
To make our neighborhood legally undesirable for the county to NOT choose more homes within our neighborhoods.

This patrol would operate during daylight hours for 12 hours, with volunteers working a 2 to 4 hour shifts each. I imagine that our coverage would start off on just weekends at first when the kids are home from school, however as we gain momentum I hope we would be able to cover additional time frames, especially those in the summer months

To accomplish these goals, we need help. We will require resources, education, organization, training and advice. Some of us have obtained my Conceal Carry permit through the State of Wisconsin and have been thoroughly trained in the extensive use, cleaning, and storage of firearms throughout our lives. As a service to our other neighbors we should encourage others to obtain a conceal carry license to those citizens eligible to do so. Most of us would also prefer that this patrol OPENLY CARRY. Though we are aware this is legal, however we are also aware that MPD frowns on open carry and I need someone like you in your position to gives us your blessing on this issue so that we may not bump heads with MPD.

Our next move is to go door to door in the neighborhood and attempt to try to establish a “home base” for this patrol, obviously a house, garage, even a driveway would be ideal if within sight of the house in question. In closing, our desire for this patrol is for overall safety and within the legal limitations of the law. We look forward and welcome any and all help, resources, advice that you may have to jump start this group of concerned citizens.

Milwaukee Citizen Patrol / milwaukeecp@gmx.com

Mary said...

I think it's great that the residents are fighting back. They aren't going to allow the state to use their neighborhood, where they've built their lives and invested in their homes, as a dumping ground for society's convicted sexual deviants.

This plan is obviously more far-reaching than a typical "keep your eyes open" block watch group. It will require a significant amount of time from residents. It's not a burden they should have to take on, but they really have no choice.

What's sad is that the state has transformed their neighborhood in an instant, making it dramatically more dangerous and undesirable. The residents have been placed in a position where it's left to them to patrol their homes to protect their children, because the government has decided to dump these degenerates in their backyard.

It's so wrong. The good people are being victimized. They didn't commit crimes, but they're being punished.

This is so wrong.

Mary said...

Another idea--

A friend suggests the use of cameras to monitor the house. Hook up the feed to a wireless network. Neighbors unable to walk a patrol could connect to the feed and watch the house.

jimspice said...

A friend suggests the use of GUNS to monitor the house. Hook up the GUNS to a wireless network. Neighbors unable to walk a patrol could connect to the feed and SHOOT the house.

Seriously, what do we do? First strike life imprisonment?

jimspice said...

A friend suggests the use of cameras to monitor the house. Hook up the feed to a wireless network. Neighbors unable to walk a patrol could connect to the feed and watch the house.