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MADISON - Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen announced today that on April 2, 2008 Owen Budd, a Rock County resident, age 36, was found to be a sexually violent person under Wisconsin's civil commitment law (Chapter 980, Wis. Stats.) following a three-day jury trial in Janesville. Rock County Circuit Court Judge Daniel T. Dillon presided over the case and ordered Budd's commitment to the Sand Ridge Secure Treatment Center in Mauston Wisconsin.


Budd was initially committed as a sexually violent person on September 27, 2006. In January 2007, Budd appealed the decision and on November 8, 2007 his appeal was granted and a new trial was ordered.


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.


Budd was first convicted of a sex offense in 1993 in Rock County criminal court for having intercourse with a 14-year-old female when he was 22 years old. The victim became pregnant and later gave birth to a baby girl. Budd was on parole supervision and caring for a disabled friend in 1998 when he engaged in sexual activity lasting a year, including intercourse, with his friend's 12-year-old daughter. Upon conviction, Budd's prison sentence was withheld and he was placed on three years probation. Budd committed another sexually assault in January 2001 when he had sexual contact with a 15 year-old female who he was introduced to by the 1998 victim. On December 4, 2003, Budd was sentenced to serve two years in the Wisconsin State Prison System and 3 years extended supervision. Budd was scheduled to be discharged from the Department of Corrections custody on January 28, 2006. Upon a recommendation from the Department of Corrections, the Department of Justice reviewed Budd's case and filed a petition on January 23, 2006 seeking to commit him as a sexually violent person.


Budd 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 Tom Fallon represented the state in this retrial. Assistant Attorney General Juan Colas originally handled the case for the state, but is now a judge in the Dane County Circuit court.