Sex Offender Living in Hyde Park

posted Aug 15, 2013, 10:35 AM by News & Citizen

by Mickey Smith

News spread fast last week that a convicted sex offender, who has been deemed “high risk to reoffend” by the Vermont Department of Corrections, is living in Hyde Park, after several other attempts to house him failed.

Timothy Szad, 53, is living about 1.5 miles from Lamoille Union Middle and High School. He wound up in Hyde Park through “The Church At Prison” ministry.  He is living with a member of the church.

In a press release from the Lamoille County Sheriff’s Department, Sheriff Roger Marcoux Jr. described Szad as “very co-operative.”

The press release goes on to say, Szad received treatment while he was incarcerated and is working towards continuing that treatment. He agreed to check in daily, though not forced to do so by law, with the Sheriff’s Department and will work with the Lamoille Unit for Special Investigations.

Sheriff Marcoux asked, “citizens [with concerns about Szad] to work within the framework of the law while addressing their concerns.”

A hand written release from The Church at Prison ministry said “Tim Szad is cooperating with Sheriff Marcoux and his staff to establish a supportive environment that will be safe for everyone.”

It goes on to state, “The Church at Prison ministry is providing a support network to assist Tim Szad in reaching his goal of reintegrating as a productive member of society.”

Szad was convicted in 2000 of aggravated sexual assault against a 13-year old disabled boy in Rockingham. He received a seven to 20 year sentence and was released in July, after completing the maximum sentence with time off for good behavior. Because his sentence maxed out, he is not under the supervision of the Department of Corrections – via either probation or parole.

A community forum is scheduled for Wednesday, August 14, at the Hyde Park Elementary School in Hyde Park beginning at 5:30 p.m. Lamoille North Superintendent Joe Ciccolo and Sheriff Roger Marcoux will be on hand to offer information to citizens.