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Special sex offender residency review meeting Thursday

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GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) - Residents of an east side Green Bay neighborhood are getting a second chance to speak out against a convicted sex offender moving in.

The city's Sex Offender Residency Board will hold a special meeting Thursday to reconsider the placement of Samuel Brandt. The 50-year-old Brandt was convicted in 2005 of sexually assaulting an 11-year-old girl.

Brandt wants to move into 471 S. Huron Road, which is his mother's house.

"The neighborhood felt that they did not get proper notification to comment on that particular application and their concerns," says board member Dean Gerondale, who requested this special meeting. "I felt that without the input of the community with it, that it deserved an opportunity to be heard so that the other board members could hear their concerns."

Gerondale adds it'll give others a chance to hear from Brandt, who was not present at the initial meeting.

This isn't an out of the ordinary situation. Gerondale says he's taken concerns about sex offender residency notification to the city attorney's office before.

"I said to them people aren't getting notice, because they have to be active participants to receive that notice. In other words, you either have to go to the city's website so often to see this, or they have to subscribe to the Press-Gazette," says Gerondale. "I told them that my feeling is that we should send a letter within a certain-block radius of someone being released so they have a true opportunity to know that person potentially could move into that neighborhood."

Gerondale says that the city attorney told him that, "we don't have to do that and that's good enough notice under the law."

He believes that the Brandt case is a prime example of the problem surrounding the protocol of sex offender releases.

The special meeting is open to the public and will be at 3:30 p.m. in Room 310 at City Hall, 100 N. Jefferson Street.

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