The Merrill Police Department has issued notification of a convicted sex offender’s release back into the community. Jason Flores, 33, was released from prison on Sept. 23, and returned back into the Merrill community and placed on supervision administered by the Wisconsin Department of Corrections. He will remain on supervision until Nov. 6, 2017.
Flores has been placed on Intensive Supervision Program and will be subject to monitoring on the Global Positioning System (GPS). He will be referred for polygraph examination within six months of release from prison and at regular intervals throughout his supervision term as determined by DOC. These systems provide the DOC staff with additional tools of supervision beyond the standard requirements that further restrict the offender’s movement and provide valuable information to the supervising agent and law enforcement on his activities and whereabouts within the community. Should significant violations of supervision occur, enhanced apprehension procedures are implemented to assure timely custody and investigation. Flores will be required to register with the Wisconsin Sex Offender Registry Program for Life.
Flores was convicted in Lincoln County Circuit Court in 2001 on one count of 1st Degree Sexual Assault of a Child; and in 2003 on one count of 1st Degree Sexual Assault of a Child and one count of 2nd Degree Sexual Assault of a Child. Flores, on two occasions, sexually assaulted a 10 year old female acquaintance. Flores also sexually assaulted an 8 year old female acquaintance and a 14 year old female acquaintance on two separate occasions. He also sexually assaulted an 11 year old female acquaintance on one occasion.
Sex offenders have always resided within our communities. It was not until the WI Sex Offender Registry and Community Notification Law was enacted that law enforcement was able to share this information with the community.