Back in custody: Waukesha police arrest sex offender Kenneth McDonald a day after his release

WAUKESHA -- Waukesha police arrested 44-year-old Kenneth McDonald, a convicted sex offender, just a day after he was released. Police say McDonald violated the terms of his release.

Kenneth McDonald

Around 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 9th, a citizen reported seeing McDonald walking on Moreland Boulevard near Hawthorne Elementary School.  Based on this citizen report, Waukesha police officers responded to Hawthorne School and took McDonald into custody.

"Who knows what his intent was.  I don't think it was good," Mari Jo Tamble, who lives in the neighborhood where McDonald was arrested said. "I hope they find a nice place for him, where he can be watched."

"They say everyone gets a second chance, but it's one of those things where I don't know if he ever really needed one," another neighbor said.

McDonald was transported to the Wisconsin Probation and Parole office.  He will be detained by the State of Wisconsin Department of Corrections for an investigation into this violation of his GPS requirements.

McDonald was convicted in 2005 after pleading guilty to a felony charge of second degree sexual assault of a child in September.

Kenneth McDonald arrested March 9th

In February 2006, McDonald was sentenced to serve six years in prison and 12 years extended supervision.

Upon his release, officials said McDonald is considered a serious offender with a high probability to reoffend.

Officials said McDonald's offense was committed against two girls -- ages three and six, whom McDonald lived with. McDonald inappropriately touched both victims, and also admitted to being in possession of hundreds of images of child pornography.

The six-year-old girl McDonald was convicted of sexually assaulting is now 17 years old.

When the crimes happened, McDonald admitted to police he assaulted as many as eight children.

He has served his time, and on Tuesday, he was released on GPS monitoring, with no permanent home.

Kenneth McDonald arrested March 9th

Officials in Waukesha circulated a mugshot of McDonald and warning residents of his release.

"Nobody should trust anybody like him," the 17-year-old woman who was a victim of McDonald said. "I can't believe someone like you would do something like that, and I've waited 11 years to say this: You are not a man. You are a monster."

Kenneth McDonald

It all began when McDonald, a family friend, was staying at the home where the girl lived. The girl's family had no idea what would happen next. The house was raided, and hundreds of images of child pornography were discovered on McDonald's computer. McDonald was arrested, and then confessed to much more.

"They told me that while they had him in some room, he just started dropping that he had touched her and what he had done for the most part and started spilling his guts and I flipped out. I flipped out," the victim's mother said.

Officials at that time said they believed McDonald was responsible for molesting eight children.

FOX6 was there in 2006 when McDonald was sentenced. He looked very different, and said he needed help.

"I've come to realize that I do have a serious problem and I need help," McDonald said at his sentencing hearing.

It's not clear whether he got any help in prison.

The 17-year-old girl he victimized when she was six, who has Asperger's, testified against him.

"They say he's remorseful but I don't think he is. If you're the kind of person who could do that to a child you have no guilt," the victim said.

Kenneth McDonald