7/11/2019 7:27:00 AM Convicted sex offender Malsch to live in Merrill not Gleason
River News Staff
A convicted sex offender set to be released from a treatment facility later this month will reside in Merrill rather than Gleason, the Lincoln County sheriff's office reports.
The sheriff's department sent an updated press release to area media Tuesday advising the future residence of David Malsch, who is set to be released from a treatment facility July 13, will be N2345 Memorial Drive, Merrill. Last month, the department sent out a press release advising that Malsch was to be released June 19 and would reside in Gleason.
No explanation for the change was mentioned.
"On 12/21/2000, Mr. Malsch was committed under Chapter 980 Sexually Violent Persons Law. On 12/3/2018, the Court ordered a Supervised Release Plan be developed for Mr. Malsch. On 5/24/2019, a hearing was held and the Court approved the Supervised Release Plan. On 6/19/2019, Mr. Malsch will be released to the community on Supervised Release," the release states.
Upon release, Malsch will be placed on Intensive Supervision, and will be subject to the Global Positioning System (GPS), the release notes.
Malsch will also be required to register with the Wisconsin Sex Offender Registry Program for life. The Wisconsin Sex Offender Registry can be located at https://appsdoc.wi.gov/public.
According to the sheriff's department, Malsch was convicted of child enticement in Marathon County in 1993. He was also convicted of receiving child pornography following a federal investigation out of Missouri, the release notes.
"While acting as a priest and counselor, Mr. Malsch photographed minor males engaged in sexually explicit positions, sexually assaulted minor males, and groomed the minor males by providing them alcohol, clothing, jewelry and invitations for overnight stays," the release states. "While in Missouri, Mr. Malsch received and sent sexually explicit photographs of minor males."
According to bishopaccountability.org, a website that tracks Catholic priests, Malsch served as a priest in Rhinelander in the mid-1970s and again in the mid-1980s.
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