The La Plata County Sheriff's Office will hold a public meeting Thursday to inform residents of a sexually violent predator who lives southeast of Ignacio.William Ed Vollert was convicted of attempted sexual assault on a child Jan. 26 in La Plata County.
He has been classified as a sexually violent predator - one of three living in the county.
Under state law, authorities must hold a community notification meeting to alert neighbor's of his presence and educate residents about what they should and should not do as a result of his conviction.
No information was immediately available about the nature of Vollert's offense.
Vollert is described as 5 feet 6 inches tall, weighing 115 pounds with blonde hair and blue eyes. He lives at 3432 County Road 321.
At the community meeting, law-enforcement officials will give a presentation and answer questions about Vollert and his offense. They will encourage residents to take certain precautions around Vollert and warn them not to retaliate against him.
Retaliating against a sexual assault offender can be illegal and can drive them underground, said Lt. Sean Smith, with the La Plata County Sheriff's Office. If sexual assault offenders stop registering and don't follow the terms of their probation, authorities can lose track of them, which makes it impossible to monitor their progress or whereabouts.
Under terms of his probation, Vollert must register every 90 days, including on his birthday, among other requirements.
The last time the Sheriff's Office notified the community of a sexually violent predator was in June 2008 when James Dewayne Olguin moved to the Oxford area. The third sexually violent predator living in La Plata County is Leland A. McCoy of Bayfield.
Sex offenders have always lived among La Plata County residents, but changes in the law in recent years require law enforcement to keep residents better informed of their presence.
Anyone seeking additional information can call the Sheriff's Office sex offender registration unit at 382-7069.