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MADISON - Attorney General J. B. Van Hollen announced today that Hung Nam Tran, 37, has been committed as a sexually violent person upon a jury's verdict at the conclusion of a two day trial, on May 8, 2007, in Racine County. The Honorable Bruce E. Schroeder, a Kenosha County Circuit Court Judge, presided over the trial.


According to the Department of Justice petition, Tran was convicted in Racine County Circuit Court of First Degree Sexual Assault of a Child on June 11, 1992, for sexually assaulting a five-year-old boy. Tran was also adjudicated delinquent in 1985 for sexually assaulting an eight-year-old boy. Tran was adjudicated delinquent a second time in 1986 for sexually assaulting a five-year-old boy.


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.


Tran was scheduled to be released from Oshkosh Correctional Institution on November 29, 2004, from his sentence imposed on the 1992 conviction, when the Wisconsin Department of Justice petitioned to have him civilly committed as a sexual predator under chapter 980 of the Wisconsin Statutes. The state argued that Tran suffers from a mental disorder which makes it more likely than not that Tran will engage in acts of sexual violence in the future.


As a result of the verdict, Tran 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, Tran will be placed at a secure treatment facility.


Assistant Attorney General Rebecca R. Weise prosecuted the case for the Wisconsin Department of Justice.