Calbraith MacLeod, also knwon as Earl Tatro, served more than two decades in prison for sexually assaulting his wife. Two days ago he became a free man. But he'll forever be branded a sex offender.
"In cases like this one, in particular, just by virtue of him refusing treatment is one of the indicators that he is high risk," said Vt. Corrections Commissioner Andy Pallito.
Corrections officials say because MacLeod refused sex offender treatment he is much more likely to re-offend. The department tries to reduce that risk by alerting the public he's been released, what he looks like and where he lives. "He's given a period of time to secure a residence, find out where that is and register -- which he did. He is compliant, so that's a good thing," Pallito said.
That information can be found on the Vermont Sex Offender Registry. But in MacLeod's case, the city listed is incorrect. Police say he has registered in South Burlington, not Burlington as the registry suggests. WCAX learned he's living at the Anchorage Inn. Authorities would only confirm he is at a hotel.
"Any hotel concerns me," said South Burlington Police Chief Trevor Whipple."If this were a neighborhood, you know the comfort level in your neighborhood. You know who's new, you know who doesn't belong there -- who's acting strangely. I'm particularly concerned in a hotel people don't have that. People don't know what the normal tenor of that building is."
Chief Whipple says he provided MacLeod's mug shot and criminal history to the hotel manager. He also encouraged her to share his warning with hotel's guests. "The pendulum swings for me very much to the side of protecting the community. I mean, certainly this man still has rights but also at this point, particularly with the backing of the legislature, I think the community has rights too," he said.
WCAX called the Anchorage Inn to ask if the staff plans to inform guests. Our calls were not returned.
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