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Man neglects to tell police he’s a registered sex offender

November 15, 2019 by Jamie Taylor

A man who recently moved to the Vilas County area failed to update his address on the Wisconsin Sex Offender Registry, resulting in felony charges. 

Ryan A. Frederick, 39, formerly of Eagle River and now of Franklin, was convicted of third degree sexual assault in Milwaukee in 2001. As part of that sentence, Frederick was required to register with the Wisconsin Department of Corrections (DOC) Sex Offender Registry Program — which includes updating his address and other changes. He signed acknowledgment of that regulation in 2002 and 2016, according to court documents. 

Since being placed on that registry, Frederick has responded to 28 registration/confirmation letters, which are required for review by the DOC. In 2009, the department learned Frederick moved from Sheboygan to Eagle River on State Highway 70 and failed to report the change, court records state. In 2018, a similar procedure was followed and a letter was mailed to Eagle River asking Frederick to confirm his residence there in Vilas County, and again in 2019. DOC officials put the failure to report together after that 2019 registration letter to Frederick was returned to them and posted as “temporarily away” from the Vilas County residence. 

Phone messages were left for Frederick and the Vilas County Sheriff’s Department contacted to check on him at State Highway 70. A deputy from that agency attempted to make contact there. No immediate contact was made. A deputy later found mail was being sent from Eagle River to Franklin, reports note.

When contacted there in Franklin, Frederick told law enforcement he was still renting and had possessions in Eagle River, but was mostly staying in Franklin.

Frederick is charged with sex offender registry violation and felony bail jumping. 

In a separate Vilas County case, Frederick faces 10 counts of possession of child pornography and two counts of possessing a firearm as a convicted felon as a result of a search at his rental in the area. He has pled not guilty to all of those counts.

Frederick is due in court Dec. 2 before Judge Neal Nielsen. He is free on a $2,500 cash bond, which was amended down from a $5,000 cash bond. He is not permitted internet access or contact with minors under 18. Further, he cannot possess a computer or cell phone with internet access or firearms.  

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