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Blodgett Will Be Tried Under States Sexually Violent Person Statute
MADISON Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen announced today that the Wisconsin Department of Justice (DOJ) filed a petition in to commit Stanley Blodgett as a sexually violent person.
DOJ filed its petition on April 30, 2008 in the Waukesha County Circuit Court. The Honorable Lee S. Dreyfus, Jr. entered an order finding probable cause on the petition and detaining Blodgett pending further proceedings in this matter.
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 petition, Blodgett was most recently sentenced in 1996 in Waukesha County Circuit Court of first degree sexual assault of a child to a term of 10 years in prison. He a has previous convictions in Waukesha County for Lewd and Lascivious Behavior (1981), Indecent Exposure (1968) and Indecent Behavior with a Child (1963). Mr. Blodgett has a scheduled release date from Wisconsin state prison system of May 28, 2008.
The states petition alleges that Blodgett suffers from mental conditions that predispose 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. A petition is only an allegation and a finding of probable cause only allows the states case to move forward. Blodgett is legally presumed not to be a sexually violent person unless and until the state proves him to be a sexually violent person at a trial.
Assistant Attorney General Dennis Krueger represents the state in this case.