Convicted child sex offender Leonard Herron will be released into the community on April 4 after he served 14 years in prison.

Convicted in 2002 for second-degree sexual assault of a child, the victim in the case was a juvenile female that he knew. The Racine Police Department is working with the Sex Offender Registry to notify the community of Herron’s release. He will live at 1648 Edgewood Ave., but will need to meet with the Racine Police Department to complete the registration process, the press release reads.

“Herron attempted forced intercourse and used physical force in the assault. We want to make sure that the community remains vigilant and make sure they fully understand the seriousness of this offender,” according to a press release by the Racine Police Department.

He is not wanted at this time. Herron, 38, has served out his conviction and will be required to list himself as a sex offender for the rest of his life. He will not be under supervision. However, if he violates the terms of the lifetime registry, law enforcement can take him back into custody.

 

 

 

“This notification is not intended to increase fear; rather it is our belief that an informed public is a safer public,” according to the press release.

While sex offenders have always lived in the community, a law passed in 1997 allows law enforcement to share the information with the community. The information is intended to make citizens aware. Citizens who use the information to threaten, intimidate or harass registered sex offenders will not be tolerated.

“Please understand that such abuse could potentially end law enforcement’s ability to do community notifications. We believe the only person who wins if community notification ends is the sex offender, since sex offenders derive their power through secrecy,” the press release reads.

 

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Denise Lockwood has an extensive background in traditional and non-traditional media. She has written for Patch.com, the Milwaukee Business Journal, Milwaukee Magazine and the Kenosha News.