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EAU CLAIRE - Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen announced today that on November 24, 2008, Christopher J. Seeley, age 34, was ordered committed under Wisconsin's "sexually violent persons" commitment law (Chapter 980, Wis. Stats.) following a six-day jury trial in Eau Claire. Seeley is an Eau Claire County resident. Eau Claire County Circuit Court Judge William M. Gabler issued the commitment order following a jury verdict that Seeley is a sexually violent person.


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 Services for control, care, and treatment until the person is no longer considered sexually violent.


Seeley was convicted in 1999 in Eau Claire County criminal court of Third Degree Sexual Assault committed against an adult woman. He was placed on probation in that case and ordered to serve a jail term. In September 2003, Seeley committed an Attempted Third Degree Sexual Assault against a different adult woman while he was still on probation supervision for the 1999 assault conviction. His probation was revoked and he was sentenced to serve prison terms in both the 1999 and 2003 cases. Seeley was scheduled to be discharged from Department of Corrections custody on February 26, 2007. Upon a recommendation from the Department of Corrections, the Department of Justice reviewed Seeley's case and filed a petition on February 16, 2007, seeking to commit him as a sexually violent person.


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


Assistant Attorney General Michael Schaefer represented the State of Wisconsin in this case.