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Homeless sex offender arrested at Madison Shopko for exposing himself

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Authorities arrested a man for exposing himself at a Madison department store Wednesday, a sex offender whose whereabouts are impossible to track on the state's offender registry.

Madison police say 40-year-old Reginald A. Rigsby was arrested after exposing himself inside the Shopko at 2201 Zeier Road.  "He was running up and down a couple of aisles, exposing himself,"  Police Spokesperson Joel DeSpain says.

DeSpain says the act was captured on surveillance video.

Authorities say Rigsby fled the scene before police were able to arrive. The say police officers spotted him in the 3200 block of E. Washington Ave. and he dashed into a busy thoroughfare in an attempt to avoid arrest. He was captured a short time later on Rethke Ave.

Rigsby was arrested for lewd, lascivious behavior, retail theft, and resisting/obstructing.  DeSpain says Rigsby admitted to arresting officers he had shoplifted items, and exposed himself.

In September 1998, Waukesha County court records show Rigsby was convicted of second degree sexual assault with the threat or use of force, after overpowering a Town of Brookfield hotel worker while he was exposing himself.  "(Victim) Could feel the defendant's...touch her lower back...throughout the incident when he was pushing her towards the foyer and and bathroom area,"  a criminal complaint against Rigsby states.

Rigsby was sentenced to six years in prison.  In 2010, state department of justice officials took civil action to petition to have Rigsby classified as a sexually violent person, or "sex predator," and be committed to a mental health institution.  But records show a jury rejected the state's petition.

In July 2012, a Waukesha Police news release announced Rigsby's release to a Waukesha address, warning "...He has tried to grab women in the past...He has also hidden himself in public areas designated for women, such as bathrooms."

But by 2015, the state's sex offender registry listed Rigsby's address as "Homeless," with a Madison zip code.

It's estimated as many as 400 offenders on the registry are homeless.  Department of Corrections Spokesperson Tristan Cook says Rigsby is a lifetime registered sex offender, required to maintain residence information with state officials.  "He is not on supervision and is responsible for finding an appropriate residence,"  Cook says.

Registered sex offenders are subject to a myriad of restrictions on where they can live, with rules often varying by community.

Rigsby is expected to appear in Dane County court Friday.

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