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Dennison registers as sex offender

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

William Les Dennison
The Izard County Sheriff's Department is releasing this information pursuant to Act 989 of 1997 and amendments of 2006 regarding sex offenders. William Les Dennison, recently released from prison, is residing at HC 80 Box 325, Violet Hill.

Dennison was convicted Dec. 8, 2004, of conspiracy to commit rape (two counts). Documentation indicates these offenses involved the offender engaging in sexual contact with several minor males whose ages ranged from 13 to 15 years.

Dennison is classified as a Level 3 Offender which states that these individuals usually have histories of repeat sexual offending and/or strong antisocial, violent or predatory personality characteristics. Sexual compulsions are likely to be present, but may be kept under control when relapse prevention plans are followed and treatment is continued. The offense patterns of Level 3 Offenders reflect a relatively high probability of re-offense and/or risk of substantial injury to victims should re-offense occur.

Dennison is described as a 47-year-old white male, 5" 2" tall, 150 pounds having brown hair and brown eyes.

Sheriff Lawrence said that a sex offender notification is being hand delivered to residences within close proximity of Dennison's listed residence. "This notification is not intended to increase fear, rather it is our belief that an informed public is a safer public," said Lawrence.

The Izard County Sheriff's Department has no legal authority to direct where a sex offender lives. Unless court-ordered restrictions exist, the offender is constitutionally free to live where he chooses.

Lawrence went on to say that sex offenders have always lived in our communities; but it wasn't until the passage of the Sex and Child Offender Registration Act that law enforcement even knew where they were living. In many cases, law enforcement is now able to share information with the public.

This information cannot be used to threaten, intimidate, or harass registered sex offenders; otherwise law enforcement's ability to do community notifications could potentially end. We believe the only person who wins if the community notification ends is the sex offender in that sex offenders derive their power through secrecy.

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