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MADISON Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen announced today that the Waukesha County Circuit Court has found probable cause to commit Stanley Blodgett to treatment under the states sexual predator law. The Wisconsin Department of Justice filed the states petition to commit Blodgett to treatment and probable cause was found on July 30, 2008, at a hearing before Judge Lee S. Dreyfus, Jr.
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.
According to the Department of Justices petition, on January 26, 1996, Blodgett was convicted in Waukesha County of the sexual assault of a two year-old female which occurred between 1990 and 1991. Blodgett was convicted on two counts of First Degree Sexual Assault of a Child and was sentenced to ten years in the Wisconsin state prison system on count one with a consecutive 10 year prison term on count two. The consecutive prison term on count two was stayed and the defendant was ordered to serve 20 years probation. Blodgett was released on parole on count one on January 1, 2003. His parole was revoked and he was ordered to serve the remaining sentence on count one until May 28, 2008. Upon a recommendation from the Department of Corrections, the Department of Justice reviewed Blodgetts case and filed a petition seeking to commit him as a sexually violent person. The petition argues that Blodgett suffers from a mental condition that predisposes him to engage in acts of sexual violence. The petition also alleges that Blodgett is dangerous as his mental disorders make it likely that he will engage in future acts of sexual violence.
In addition to the 1996 convictions for the assault of the two year old female, Blodgett was convicted in 1981 of two counts of exposing himself to young female children, in 1968 he was convicted of indecent exposure, and in 1963 was convicted of indecent behavior with a child.
A petition is only an allegation and a finding of probable cause only allows the states case to move forward. Blodgett is presumed not to be a sexually violent person unless and until proven in judicial proceedings to be a sexually violent person. The state bears the burden of proof at trial.
Assistant Attorney General Dennis R. Krueger is representing the state.