Convicted murderer and sex offender to be released in Appleton
By Kelly Schlicht
APPLETON - A man convicted of sexually assaulting and killing a child is set to move into an Appleton neighborhood Tuesday.He's served his time."He was convicted back in 1988,” said Appleton Police Sergeant Dave Lund.But neighbors are concerned."When it's a murder and a sex offense of a small child, it's scary,” said Charlotte Poss of Appleton.66-year-old Vincent Fisher was convicted in 1988 of sexually assaulting and murdering his girlfriend's six-year-old daughter.And soon, he'll be temporarily living in a house on South Memorial Drive.Dozens of concerned neighbors packed the Appleton Police Department Monday night, eager to hear more about the release of this man-Vincent Fisher.“How do we protect our kids?” asked Poss.Fisher was sentenced in 1988 to two, twenty-year prison terms for second degree homicide and sexual assault. “Sentencing guidelines back in 1988 differ from what they do now. So his release was mandatory due to the conditions he was sentenced under in 1988,” said Lund.Fisher will be living here in this home. But, he will have a GPS electronic monitoring system for the next 14 years of his parole.This half-way house at the corner of fourth and memorial in Appleton will be his temporary home for up to 90 days.That makes Charlotte Poss and Deb Cotter nervous. Their grandchildren and great-grandchildren live right next door to the half-way house.“It's not that I think it should be in somebody else's backyard. That's not the solution. But, there has to be a tipping point and this is it,” said Deb Cotter.Police say knowing who is living next door can keep you safer.“Understand the concept of stranger danger. And understand that someone who might not be physically imposing to them could actually be a problem,” said Lund.But neighbors say the issue goes beyond stranger danger.“I know you tell your children to not talk to strangers but when you look out your window and see the same faces, same faces, they're not strangers anymore,” said Poss. Police say Fisher will only be allowed out of the house between 9 am and 3 pm. Neighbors with lingering concerns are asked to call the Appleton Police.