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Announces Chapter 980 Commitment of Monyelle


MADISON - Attorney General J. B. Van Hollen announced today that Michael Monyelle, 30, has been committed as a sexually violent person upon a jury's verdict at the conclusion of a three day trial in Waukesha County. The Hon. Lee S. Dreyfus, Jr. a Waukesha County Circuit Court Judge, presided over the trial.


According to the Department of Justice petition, Michael Monyelle was convicted in Waukesha County Circuit Court of Second Degree Sexual Assault of a Child on September 11, 1997.


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 argued that Michael Monyelle suffers from mental conditions that predispose him to engage in acts of sexual violence. The petition also alleges that Michael Monyelle is dangerous as his mental disorders make it likely that he will engage in future acts of sexual violence.


As a result of the verdict, Michael Monyelle will be committed to the state Department of Health and Family Services for control, care and treatment until such time as he is no longer a sexually violent person. During this period, Michael Monyelle will reside at a secure treatment facility.


Assistant Attorney General Jeffrey Gabrysiak prosecuted the case for the Wisconsin Department of Justice.