HYDE PARK, Vt. (AP) — A Vermont sex offender who struggled to find a home after authorities warned that he still could target boys doesn’t want to commit another crime and is doing everything he can to work toward that goal, a clergyman said.
Timothy Szad, 53, is now living in Hyde Park, about 1½ miles from the Lamoille Union High School, with a member of The Church at Prison, the Lamoille County Sheriff’s Department said.
In a handwritten statement distributed by the Sheriff’s Department, Pastor Pete Fiske of The Church at Prison said Szad was cooperating with law enforcement to establish a supportive environment that will be safe for everyone and that his ministry will be supporting him.
‘‘The Church at Prison ministry is providing a support network to assist Tim Szad in reaching his goal at reintegrating as a productive member of society,’’ Fiske wrote.
Szad was released from the Southern State Correctional Facility in Springfield on July 26 after serving his maximum sentence — with time off for good behavior — following his conviction in a 2001 sexual assault on a 13-year-old boy.
Officials said the initial plan for Szad’s release was to have him live with his elderly parents in Springfield, but that plan fell apart after a public outcry following a warning from law enforcement that the ex-con could target young blond-haired boys.
Then Szad planned to move to California but returned to Vermont by bus on Sunday.
The Lamoille County Sheriff’s Department said Szad has been very cooperative and received sex offender treatment in prison and will continue that treatment. He has agreed to check in daily with the Sheriff’s Department, authorities said.