Sexually Violent Person to be released in Lanark

Metro Wire Staff

A convicted violent sex offender is being released into the community of Lanark.

Ronald A. Stewart, 62, has spent the past 30 years in a secure treatment facility for sex offenders near Mauston, and is now eligible for conditional release back into the community. Stewart, who hails from Dane Co., served prison time after being convicted of sexually assaulting two girls, six and nine, in 1982. He was also convicted of strangling and trying to rape an adult female acquaintance in 1990. 

Lanark is about 20 miles southeast of Stevens Point. (Google)

Anderson was declared a “sexually violent person” in 1997, when the Dane Co. DA’s office petitioned a judge to have him committed to a state facility for Wisconsin’s worst sex offenders. Stewart was deemed fit for release on Feb. 13.

The public is invited to a community notification meeting, schedule for March 7 in Lanark, ahead of Stewart’s March 15 release. According to a news release from the Portage Co. Sheriff’s Office, Stewart will live at 9001 Boelter Lake Dr. in Lanark, and will be subject to extensive monitoring as a condition of his release. 

The meeting will be held at the Town of Lanark Town Hall, 7174 County Road TT, at 7 PM on Wed., March 7, to discuss Stewart’s release. Law enforcement from Portage Co., as well as representations from the Dept. of Probation and Parole, and Dept. of Health Services, will be present to answer questions.