Sheriff not happy about sex offender placement

Sheriff not happy about sex offender placement
Posted at 1:00 PM, Sep 04, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-04 14:20:56-04

The Fond du Lac Count Sheriff is speaking out after a sex offender was placed in a neighborhood near a teenager. 

The Sheriff says the Town of Eldorado, Fond du Lac County Corporation Counsel and the Fond du Lac County District Attorney’s Office all made efforts to prevent Preston Rintamaki from being allowed to live in a residence on Nitschke Road.

However, the Sheriff says Wisconsin Court of Appeals ruled in favor of allowing the placement while the appeals case continues.

"As your Sheriff, I do not agree with this decision," Sheriff Mick Fink wrote in a news release. "I firmly believe it was not intent of the Wisconsin Legislators to let this 'Not in My Backyard' violent sex offender placement to continue after Governor Walker signed Act 184 in March of 2018."

The Sheriff publicly shared a letter he wrote to the Supervised Release Program Coordinator, in which he notes that a 15-year-old girl lives with her father on the same road where Rintamaki will live. The Sheriff wrote that the placement of Rintamaki would put the girl's safety in jeopardy.

The Sheriff also shared a court document from the case in the Wisconsin Court of Appeals, which states that Rintamaki will be placed on supervised release in Eldorado, "On or before September 10". 

In the document, the court notes that Rintamaki's release plan restricts his "liberties". The court also says Rintamaki has undergone years of treatment and is taking anti-androgen medications. 

The Fond du Lac County Sheriff says if the public needs any assistance regarding this matter, they can contact his office.