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MADISON - Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen announced today that on February 29, 2008, Michael W. Fink, a Racine County resident, age 40, was ordered committed under Wisconsin's "sexually violent persons" commitment law (Chapter 980, Wis. Stats.) following a four day jury trial in Racine. Kenosha County Circuit Court Judge Bruce E. Schroeder issued the commitment order following the jury's verdict. Judge Schroeder presided in Racine County Circuit Court on assignment.


Chapter 980 of the Wisconsin Statutes 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.


Fink was most recently convicted in 1994 in Racine County criminal court of the sexual assaults of two separate twelve year old babysitters, the assaults occurring on the same date in 1993 at the apartment Fink shared with his girlfriend and her children. Fink was on probation supervision at that time based on an earlier Burglary conviction. Fink fled the state after those sexual assaults and was eventually arrested in Texas and returned to Wisconsin for prosecution. He was sentenced in 1994 to serve a total of 14 years imprisonment on those sexual assault charges, in addition to a five year sentence he was serving on the earlier Burglary conviction. Fink was scheduled to be discharged from the Department of Corrections custody on March 7, 2006. Upon a recommendation from the Department of Corrections, the Department of Justice reviewed Fink's case and filed a petition on March 6, 2006, seeking to commit him as a sexually violent person.


In addition to the convictions for the 1993 assaults, Fink had also been convicted in 1989 of sexually assaulting a 15 year old girl at his home in Racine. Fink also has been convicted of multiple property crimes between 1987 and 1993.


Fink has now been committed to the custody of the Wisconsin Department of Health and Family Services for care and control, and is expected to be housed at the Sand Ridge Secure Treatment Center in Mauston, WI for the purpose of receiving treatment.


Assistant Attorney General Michael Schaefer represented the state in this case.