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Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen Announces Chapter 980 Commitment Of Steven Young To Treatment

MADISON - Attorney General J. B. Van Hollen announced today that Steven Young, 27, has been committed as a sexually violent person upon a jury's verdict at the conclusion of a three day trial in Eau Claire County. The Hon. Lisa K. Stark, an Eau Claire County Circuit Court Judge, presided over the trial.


According to the Department of Justice petition, Steven Young was convicted in Eau Claire County Circuit Court of Second Degree Sexual Assault of a Child (Repeater) on October 18, 1999.


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.


Steven Young was scheduled to be released from Stanley Correctional Institution on December 4, 2006, from his sentence imposed on the 1999 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 Steven Young suffers from mental conditions that predispose him to engage in acts of sexual violence. The state also argued at trial that Young is dangerous as his mental disorders make it likely that he will engage in future acts of sexual violence. The jury found beyond a reasonable doubt that Young has a mental disorder that makes it likely he will commit acts of sexual violence.


As a result of the verdict, Steven Young 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, Steven Young will reside at a secure treatment facility.