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Beloit police oppose placement of convicted sex offender

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BELOIT (WKOW) -- Police are opposing the placement of a convicted sex offender in Beloit where he would live next door to a 9-year-old boy.

Kenneth R. Cairns, 57, who has a significant history of sexually assaulting juvenile boys between the ages of 9-13 in the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s, could be released following a court hearing in Douglas County Circuit Court.

The Beloit Police Department is holding a public community meeting from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018, at the Beloit Historical Society, 845 Hackett St., about the proposal from the Wisconsin Department of Human Services to place Cairns at 2219 Euclid Ave.

Cairns has been committed under the state’s sexual violent person’s program since the early 2000s, but was approved for supervised release by Douglas County in October 2017.

Cairns does not have ties to Beloit or Rock County, and none of his offenses occurred here, according to Beloit Police.

Because of plea agreements and legal loopholes, Cairns is not labeled as a “serious child sex offender” – and the Department of Human Services is attempting to place him next door to a home with a 9-year-old boy, according to a news release from the Beloit Police Department.

The Beloit Police Department is opposed to this placement and has asked that the supervised release plan being considered by the judge in Douglas County reflect the department’s opposition.

Douglas County is nearly 400 miles away from Beloit, but the Wisconsin Department of Human Services feels Beloit is the only location available to house Cairns.

Another serious violent sex offender, Steven Schuelke, currently lives at the single-family residence at 2219 Euclid Ave. Schuelke’s sexual assault convictions involve crimes against girls ranging from 12-15 years old.

The Beloit Police Department opposed that placement and is specifically concerned about the plan to have both Schuelke and Cairns reside in the same home.

Police Chief David Zibolski will give a brief presentation about Cairns’ background and open up the meeting for questions from the community. 

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