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MADISON - Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen announced today that on September 10, 2008, Peter A. Oliver, a Dane County resident, age 43, was ordered committed under Wisconsin's "sexually violent persons" commitment law (Chapter 980, Wis. Stats.) following a three day jury trial in Madison. Dane County Circuit Court Judge John Albert 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 Services for control, care, and treatment until the person is no longer considered sexually violent.
Oliver was convicted in Dane County Circuit Court of two counts of First Degree Sexual Assault of a Child committed in June or July 1993. Oliver was previously convicted of Enticing a Child for Immoral Purposes in Taylor County, committed between December 25, 1988 and January 7, 1989. On January 24, 1994, Oliver pleaded no contest to touching an 8-year old boy's penis over his clothing and to placing Oliver's hand inside the boy's pajama's and touching the boy's bare penis on a different occasion in the Town of Madison. The Taylor County conviction resulted from charges of second degree sexual assault of a child after Oliver performed fellatio on an 8-year old boy in Medford.
Oliver was sentenced to 2 years of probation in for the Taylor County crime. Oliver served the probation time before moving to Madison. Oliver was sentenced to serve 6 years in prison followed by 10 years of probation for the Dane County Crimes.
Oliver was scheduled to be discharged from the Department of Corrections custody on May 19, 1998. Upon a recommendation from the Department of Corrections, the Dane County District Attorney's Office filed a petition on May 18, 1998. After the petition was filed, the District Attorney's Office requested that the Department of Justice prosecute the matter seeking to commit Oliver as a sexually violent person. The petition was first tried in 2005 committing Oliver. However, Oliver was granted a re-trial after the court determined that new evidence required a re-trial in the interest of justice.
Oliver has now been committed to the custody of the Wisconsin Department of Health Services for care, control and treatment 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 Rebecca Weise represented the state in this case.