The Waukesha County Sheriff’s office is notifying the surrounding community about a homeless sex offender being released into the area by the state next week.
Rickie Nickerson, 64, is scheduled to be released back into the community on Tuesday.
According to the sheriff’s department, Nickerson was convicted of repeatedly sexually assaulting a two-year old male child 2001.
“In 1984, Nickerson inappropriately touched a 5-year old female child over a three month period,” according to a news release from the sheriff’s office.
Capt. Patrick Esser said the sheriff’s office typically notifies people of the released of a sex offender based on the location of his residence. But because Nickerson is homeless, the whole county is being notified.
“Our concern is to make sure the community is safe, because he does have two convictions involving young children,” Esser said.
According to the Waukesha County Sheriff’s office, Nickerson will upon release be on lifetime GPS monitoring. He’ll be required to report in regularly with his state department of corrections probation and parole officer.
“If he violates the terms of his lifetime registry or GPS conditions, he will be taken back into custody,” the sheriff said in a news release.
But some in the public worry about Nickerson’s presence and lack of a permanent home.
“If he served his time, he deserves to be out,” said Michael Searls.
Searls has three grandchildren, ages three, eight and six, who live in Waukesha with their parents.
“On the other hand, just to have him out and about, prowling around, going from place to place is a little disconcerting,” Searls said. “We’re all between a rock and a hard place, but to protect the children I think something more needs to be done."
Esser said concerned members of the public can track Nickerson’s whereabouts through the state department of corrections at http://offender.doc.state.wi.us/public/ which is updated based on his reports to a probation and parole agent.