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Sex Offender Release Notification

Post Date:02/14/2018 10:19 AM

The following is a media release authorized by the Outagamie County Sex Offender Community Notification Core Team.  The Core Team is made up of representatives from local law enforcement, Department of Corrections, and the Outagamie County DA’s office.  The Core Team evaluates and makes decisions on the level of notification to the community for the pending release of sex offenders under Wisconsin Statutes 301.45 and 301.46.

On June 1, 1997, Wisconsin State Statute 301.45 (Act 440), the Sex Offender Registration and Community Notification law became effective.

Because sex offenders may pose a continuing risk of engaging in sex offenses while in the community, protection of the public is of paramount importance.  Community notification (the release of relevant offender information) furthers the interest of public safety and can enhance strategies for crime detection and prevention.

Sex offenders have always lived in our community.  However, until the passage of Megan’s Law in 1997, law enforcement often didn’t know where offenders were living and were not able to share that information with the general public if such information was made available to them.  Community notification is not intended to increase fear.  Rather, it is our belief that an informed public is a safer public.

A sex offender who has been convicted of a sex offense requiring registration with law enforcement in Appleton will soon be released to this community and will be residing temporarily at a residence in the 600 block of N. Superior Street. He is not wanted by the police at this time.


The City of Appleton Police Department is releasing the following information pursuant to Wisconsin State Statute 301.46 which authorizes law enforcement agencies to inform the public of a sex offenders release, when, in the discretion of the agency, the release of information will enhance public safety, awareness and protection.  The individual who appears on this notification has been convicted of a sexual offense.  Further, his criminal history places him in a classification level which reflects the potential to re-offend.

This sex offender is not wanted by the police at this time.  This notification is not intended to increase fear; rather, it is our belief that an informed public is a safer public.

Citizen abuse of this information to threaten, intimidate or harass registered sex offenders will not be tolerated.

 Ryan Kukla - Sex Offender - February 2018

 Ryan C. Kukla (07/28/93)

Offender was found guilty of crimes he committed in Outagamie County.  Those crimes included; two separate instances of 2nd Degree Sexual Assault of a Child. His most recent sexual assault involved entry into the victim’s home while the victim and their family were sleeping. He was previously released in August of 2014. Kukla violated his rules of probation, resulting in a revocation and additional time in prison.

Kukla will be staying at a residence in the 600 block of N. Superior Street on a temporary basis.  He is under the supervision of the Department of Corrections.  He will be equipped with an electronic monitoring device.  His interaction with the community will be restricted by the standard rules placed on sex offenders and specific rules regarding the times of day that he can leave the residence and purpose of those trips.

Additional questions regarding Ryan Kukla can be directed to Agent Andrew Nieman State of Wisconsin Department of Corrections at (920) 997-1480, Valerie Santana, Sex Offender Registration Program at (920) 997-1480 or Investigator Blaine Vander Wielen Appleton Police Department at (920) 832-5500.

As of February 13, 2018, there are approximately 24,959 registered sex offenders in the State of Wisconsin. 594 are located in Outagamie County.  For more information, please call Investigator Blaine Vander Wielen at the Appleton Police Department (920) 832-5500 or visit Wisconsin Sex Offender Registry’s website at http://offender.doc.state.wi.us/public/

For additional information please contact Sgt. Lund at (920) 832-5509.

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