Sex Offender Release Notification
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 S. Memorial Drive. He is not wanted by the police at this time.
SEX OFFENDER INFORMATION BULLETIN
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 higher risk to the community.
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.
Richard R. LaMaide (03/07/1946)
Offender was found guilty of crimes he committed in Outagamie County. Those crimes included; one count of 1st Degree Sexual Assault, and one count of 2nd Degree Sexual Assault of a Child. His most recent sexual assault conviction involved offending against a juvenile female acquaintance over an extended period of time. Offender’s sexual assault behaviors include grooming his victims.
LaMaide will be staying at a residence in the 600 block of S. Memorial Drive on a temporary basis. He is under the supervision of the Department of Corrections. He will be GPS monitored for life. 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 Richard LaMaide can be directed to Agent Ryan Hartfield, State of Wisconsin Department of Corrections at (920) 997-1480, Tom Smith, Sex Offender Registration Program at (920) 479-4486 or Investigator Matthew Kuether, Appleton Police Department at (920) 832-5500.
As of April 27, 2016, there are approximately 24,183 registered sex offenders in the State of Wisconsin. 541 are located in Outagamie County. For more information, please call Investigator Matt Kuether at the Appleton Police Department (920) 832-5933 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.