Darlene Esquivel did not want Theodore Blazek to be able to live next door.
Blazek, a registered sex offender convicted of possession of child pornography, asked for an exemption to a Green Bay ordinance that bars registered sex offenders with a conviction involving children from living within 1,500 feet of schools, parks, and playgrounds. Blazek declined an on-camera interview, but said he is not a threat and wants to live in the home because he owns it.
Esquivel said she told her nine-year-old daughter about Blazek’s history.
“She’s fearful living in her own home,” Esquivel said of her daughter.
Esquivel lives in a Green Bay neighborhood near Mason Street and Webster Avenue; she was among several residents of the area who asked for Blazek to be denied the exemption.
Blazek was approved for the housing exemption.
Since November of 2018, 65 percent of registered sex offenders who asked for the same exemption in Green Bay have received one.
An approval means the applicant may move into the applied-for residence. The cases are decided by the Green Bay Sex Offender Residence Board, or SORB.
“By looking at all the sexual offenders and seeing their risk profiles and where they’re going to live, we try to manage that within the entire community,” said Dean Gerondale, who chairs the SORB.