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Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen Announces Commitment Of Klemp To Treatment Under Chapter 980


MADISON Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen announced today that Richard J. Klemp, 27, was committed in Jefferson County Circuit Court under the state's sexually violent person law.


Jefferson County Circuit Court Judge John M. Ullsvik ordered Klemp's commitment after Klemp stipulated to allegations that he met the criteria for commitment under the Wisconsin's sexually violent person law. Klemp was ordered committed to the custody of the Department of Health and Family services for the purpose of sex offender treatment and control.


Klemp was convicted in 2000 of second degree sexual assault of a child for having sexual intercourse with a fourteen-year-old girl. Klemp was also adjudicated delinquent in 1996 for exposing his genitals to a five-year-old girl.


The state's petition alleged that Klemp suffers from mental conditions that predispose him to engage in acts of sexual violence. The petition also alleges that Klemp is dangerous as his mental disorders make it likely that he will engage in future acts of sexual violence.


Chapter 980 of the Wisconsin Statues relates to the control, care and treatment of sexually violent persons. Under Wisconsin law, a person may be subject to a civil commitment when the person has been convicted of a sexually violent offense, has a mental disorder, and is dangerous to others because the mental disorder makes it likely he or she will commit further acts of sexual violence. A civil commitment is defined in Wisconsin law as commitment to the custody and care of the Department of Health and Family Services for control, care and treatment until the person is no longer considered sexually violent.


Klemp was scheduled to be released from prison on December 25, 2006. After the commitment petition was filed by the state he was instead transferred to secure custody in a Department of Health and Family Services institution while awaiting resolution of the court proceedings.


Assistant Attorney General Barbara Oswald prosecuted the case for the state.