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MADISON - Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen announced today that Miguel Tanon, a Dane County resident, age 32, was ordered committed under Wisconsin's "sexually violent persons" commitment law (Chapter 980, Wis. Stats.) following a four day jury trial that concluded yesterday in Madison. Dane County Circuit Court Judge David T. Flanagan, III issued the commitment order following the jury's verdict.
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.
Tanon was convicted in 1994 in Dane County criminal court of sexually assaulting six different adolescent girls, ranging in age from 12-15 years old. One of Tanon's convictions was for sexual assault by use of force, although more than one of the victims reported that the Tanon used force in assaulting them. Tanon was sentenced to ten years in prison for the convictions. Tanon was paroled to community supervision on July 7, 2005. While on under intense supervision on parole, including electronic monitoring, and in sex offender treatment, Tanon engaged in a sexual act with an 18-year-old female in violation of his rules of supervision. As a result, Tanon's parole was revoked and he was returned to prison. Tanon was scheduled to be released from the Department of Corrections custody on February 15, 2007. Upon a recommendation from the Department of Corrections, the Department of Justice filed a petition on February 1, 2007 seeking to commit him as a sexually violent person.
Tanon 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 Barbara Oswald represented the state in this case.