Anthony Leritz

A 37-year-old convicted sex offender is moving to Barron, according to an announcement released Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019, by Barron Police Chief Byron Miller.

Anthony R. Leritz will live at 308 S. Mill St., Barron, the announcement said. He will wear a global positioning satellite (GPS) device. He is not to have any unsupervised contact with individuals under the age of 18 and is not to engage in any relationships without prior approval of his probation agent.

Leritz was convicted on two counts of second-degree sex assault of a child in 2009 and 2010.

According to the announcement, Leritz “has served the sentence imposed on him by the courts. He is not wanted by law enforcement at this time. This notification is not intended to increase fear. It is our belief that an informed public is a safer public.”

The announcement goes on to say that “sex offenders have always lived in our communities, but it was not until the Sex Offender Registration and Community Notification Law was enacted that law enforcement was able to share this information with the community.

“Citizen abuse of this information to threaten, intimidate, or harass registered offenders will not be tolerated and will be considered a criminal offense,” the announcement said.