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A registered sex offender has served his time in prison and is being released into Burnett County, according to the Burnett County Sheriff’s Office.

William Cauley, 35, will be released from the Black River Correctional Institute June 17. He was convicted of multiple counts of possession of child pornography in 2016.

“Cauley remains under the close supervision of local Probation Agents,” the sheriff’s office said in a statement. “Cauley is also required to follow specific and detailed rules prescribed by DOC (Department of Corrections) including no unsupervised contact with minors, no contact with victims, cooperate with lifetime GPS monitoring, and a lifetime registration with the Wisconsin Sex Offender Registration Program.”

The press release also stated that Cauley will be homeless in Burnett County following his release.

Cauley joins the over 500,000 homeless people in the United States and about 5,000 homeless in the state of Wisconsin. Residence restrictions and other ordinances make finding housing for registered sex offenders difficult.

An article published by the American Physiological Association (APA) tackling this topic explained that being homeless is not a crime.

“Jailing sex offenders who are homeless — through no fault of their own — is not an appropriate solution,” the story said which was written by Cynthia Calkins, Ph.D., John Jay College of Criminal Justice, and Robert Beattey, JD, Graduate Center at City University of New York.

Cauley first caught the attention of authorities following an investigation by the Department of Criminal Investigation (DCI), a branch of the Wisconsin Department of Justice (DOJ), in late 2014.

In February 2015, a search executed at the Cauley residence, conducted by DCI agents, resulted in the seizure of three computer hard drives and a cellphone.

A subsequent search of the devices yielded 138 images and/or movie files of child pornography.

According to the criminal complaint against Cauley, he was in possession of nine still photos and a 24-second video clip of a prepubescent girl — explicitly sexual in nature.