One of the most difficult tasks on any law enforcement agency's agenda involves figuring out the best way to handle sexual offenders who've done their time and want to return home. That's the chore before the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office regarding Timothy E. Schreiber, who has been formally designated a "sexually violent predator." Schreiber was released from custody on Monday, and he plans to live on the 13400 block of West 54th Avenue, his location prior to his imprisonment -- and JeffCo has no legal authority to prevent him from putting down roots. As the JCSO notes:
The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office has no legal authority to direct where a sex offender may live. Unless court restrictions exist, they are constitutionally free to live wherever they choose. Sex offenders are required by law to notify law enforcement of their residence and law enforcement is authorized to share that information with members of their communities. In the case of sexually violent predators, law enforcement must actively notify citizens.
With that in mind, office reps are staging a community meeting at 6 p.m. tonight at Faith Bible Chapel, 6210 Ward Road, in order to address what are sure to be enormous concerns from those residing nearby. Look below to get more details about the meeting, as well as the Denver Police Department definition of a sexually violent predator.
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The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office will host a community notification meeting on Thursday, September 17, regarding the release of sexually violent predator Timothy Schreiber from the Colorado Department of Corrections.
Timothy E. Schreiber (DOB 12-19-59), was released from custody on September 14 and will again be living in the 13400 block of West 54th Avenue. Schreiber was designated as a sexually violent predator in October 2006 and previously lived at this location.
On September 17 at 6 p.m. the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office will host a public meeting to provide information concerning the release of this sexually violent predator into the community. The goal of the meeting is to enhance public safety. This meeting will be held at Faith Bible Chapel, located at 6210 Ward Rd., in Arvada (east side of Ward Road).
Due to the content of the information that will be presented, it is not advisable to bring children to the meeting. It is strongly encouraged that the appropriate sexually violent predator information and public safety information presented be reviewed with children after the meeting. Children under 15 unaccompanied by an adult will not be permitted to attend the meeting.
The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office has no legal authority to direct where a sex offender may live. Unless court restrictions exist, they are constitutionally free to live wherever they choose. Sex offenders are required by law to notify law enforcement of their residence and law enforcement is authorized to share that information with members of their communities. In the case of sexually violent predators, law enforcement must actively notify citizens. In addition to this press release, a notification flier will be circulated.
Schreiber will be required to register as a sex offender with the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office every 90 days. His picture and related information are posted on the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office Web site at www.jeffcosheriff.com.
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What is a sexually violent predator?
Source: Denver Police Department
By definition, sexually violent predators (SVPs) pose a higher risk to re-offend the first year upon release from the Department of Corrections.
The SVP must meet four separate criteria. They are:
1. AGE. They must be 18 years or older as of the date the offense was committed, OR, less than 18 years of age as of the date the offense was committed, but tried as an adult.
2. DATE. The crime must have been committed on or after July 1, 1997. The crimes must be one or more of the following including attempts, solicitations and conspiracies:
• sexual assault
• unlawful sexual contact (felony)
• sexual assault on a child
• sexual assault on a child/position of trust
The conviction of such crime must have occurred on or after July 1, 1999. Conviction includes guilty, guilty plea, nolo contendere, and deferred judgment and sentence.
3. RELATIONSHIP. The relationship to the victim must have been either: stranger to the offender, OR a person with whom the offender established or promoted a relationship primarily for the purpose of sexual victimization
4. RISK ASSESSMENT INSTRUMENT. Positive results, or the "passing of a risk assessment instrument," which includes an assessment for the presence of: mental abnormality; level of denial regarding the offense; treatment appropriateness and motivation; presence of sexual deviant interests. Assessment is administered by probation/parole staff AND a qualified treatment evaluator, approved by the sex offender management board.