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MADISON - After a four day trial, Michael Thiede, 22, was committed today in Dane County Circuit Court under the state's sexually violent person law, Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen announced.
Dane County Circuit Court Judge Maryann Sumi ordered Thiede's commitment after a jury returned a verdict finding he met the criteria for commitment under the Wisconsin's sexually violent person law. Thiede was ordered to be committed to the custody of the Department of Health and Family services for the purpose of sex offender treatment and control.
Thiede was convicted in 2004 of first-degree sexual assault of a child for having sexual contact with a three-year old boy. Thiede was also adjudicated delinquent in 2001 for having sexual contact with a four-year-old boy.
The state adduced evidence at Thiede's commitment trial establishing that Thiede suffers from mental conditions that predispose him to engage in acts of sexual violence. The state also presented evidence that Thiede 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.
The state was represented by Assistant Attorney General Barbara L. Oswald.