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WI: Sex offender sentenced to forfeit property to county

A convicted sex offender’s home has been sold and the Rock County Sheriff’s office is getting the money from it. Full Article

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  1. AlexO

    I’m not defending the man’s actions, but how does this forfeiture work? It’s not imminent domain (for which he’d get to keep funds). It’s not him being forced to sell his home in order to pay reparations to his victims. And it’s not a fraud case in which the government is seizing assets to pay back those wrong. What law allows property to be seized in this manner?

    • Michael

      I would think they used the same laws that are used against drug dealers. Asset forfeiture laws allow the federal and state governments to seize property that have been used in the commission of a crime.

      • Eric Knight

        The problem with asset forfeiture laws are they are designed to apply ONLY to items and materials that were implicit in the actual crime, and must be proportional to the crime. Unless it was proven that he bought the house specifically to commit the crime (i.e., view child porn or produce child porn), then asset forfeiture in this case is (or should be) unconstitutional.

        Asset forfeiture laws have gotten out of control around the country, but sex crimes are the only crimes that I’ve heard of where entire properties are taken from suspects. They do this for obvious public stunts. I remember when someone was caught in an Internet sting where they took the suspects car and crushed it, and he still had payments to make on the car, which the city said they would force him to pay once he was let out of prison in 40 years or so. I kid you not.

  2. ReadyToFight

    I can only assume they sold his house because where he’s going he ain’t gonna need it, he’s prolly gonna die in prison, and most likely has no family to take control of the property.
    This guy sounds like a real predator so… no sympathy from me.

  3. AlexO

    It’s probably true in terms of him likely no longer being able to access the property, but that still doesn’t explain how the city can claim it? If he still had a mortgage and would default on it, then the bank gets the house like normal. If he owns it out right, then the county could eventually get the property after he fails to keep up with property taxes. But how did it directly go to the sheriffs office so quickly? There are a lot of abandoned property out there that isn’t taken away form people.

    • That David

      Likely they determined that his house was used in the process of committing the crime. Not a stretch from what it sounds like. Pretty standard civil asset forfeiture case from there. Just a huge asset this time.

    • AJ

      I agree. Run of the mill civil asset forfeiture. Had he been exonerated (regardless the crime), I would have had huge heartburn about it. This is not really a sex offender story, it’s a forfeiture story involving CP production. This happens all the time with meth cookers and the like.

  4. AlexO

    That makes sense. If the entire property was “evidence”, they take it and then liquidate it, just like any police auction. Thanks! I knew there had to be a simple explanation.

  5. Bb

    Who cares!!! Move on.

  6. Stephen

    It’s a no win, it was used to commit a crime, Everything in that house can be taking.
    Just being Suspected of a crime lets them grab it. This issue is in the Courts because of people having the cops taking Money from lawful people while driving. You all need to read more than just RC stuff.
    Here’s a site to follow.
    http://howappealing.abovethelaw.com/

  7. Nondescript

    Hmm. Interesting. I wonder if they take people’s cars after they’ve pled guilty to reckless endangerment, road rage or DUIs, too.

    • AJ

      @Nondescript:
      TN, for one, does for DUIs: “Property may be seized for possession of narcotics, illegal or prescription. Vehicles may be seized for driving on a driver’s license which has been revoked for driving under the influence (DUI) and for driving under the influence (DUI) for a second or subsequent time. Both DUI charges must have occurred within five (5) years of each other.” (https://www.tn.gov/safety/topic/forfeit)

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