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Registered sex offender released to Monroe
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MONROE - A registered sex offender is being released from prison and will be living in Monroe at 1317 17th St., according to police.

Larry W. Hermann, who turns 66 Friday, was convicted in September 1970 of sexual assault of an adult female stranger by intimidation in Larimer County, Colo., and served a prison term.

In October 1986, he was convicted of the sexual assault with a knife of an adult female acquaintance in Green County. He just completed his 26-year prison sentence on that conviction.

Chief of Police Fred Kelley released a bulletin Monday announcing Hermann's release, in accordance with the state's Sex Offender Registration and Community Notification Law.

Hermann is expected to move into 1317 17th Street today, Nov. 20 and will be under 24-hour GPS monitoring and the close supervision of his probation and parole agents. His residence will also be targeted by police for increased patrol and unannounced visits.

He is under orders to have no contact with his victim, not drink or consume illegal drugs, not enter any establishment that sells primarily alcohol and to have no romantic relationships without prior approval.

Hermann is not currently wanted by police, but his criminal history puts him at a classification level which reflects the potential to re-offend.

Kelley cautioned against panic, however.

"This bulletin is not intended to create fear or panic in the community but to increase awareness and to emphasize the need to practice safe protective behaviors for yourself and with your children," he wrote.

Hermann "does have a reduced expectation of privacy" due to the nature of his convictions, but "the same civil and constitutional rights as other citizens of Monroe.

"Sex offenders have always lived in our communities, but it was not until Act 440 was enacted (in 1997) that law enforcement is able to share this information with the community. Citizen abuse of this information to threaten, harass or intimidate registered sex offenders will not be tolerated," Kelley wrote.

According to Kelley, anyone witnessing Hermann violate the conditions of his release into the community or any other suspicious activity, should call Monroe police at (608) 329-2400 or contact any other law-enforcement agency.

- Katjusa Cisar