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MADISON - Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen announced today that on September 17, 2008, David Hager, Jr., a Chippewa County resident, age 36, was ordered committed under Wisconsin's "sexually violent persons" commitment law (Chapter 980, Wis. Stats.) following a two day jury trial in Chippewa Falls. Chippewa County Circuit Court Judge Thomas J. Sazama 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.
According to the Department of Justice's petition, in 1995 Hager was convicted in Chippewa County of three counts of Incest with a Child. Hager was previously convicted in Chippewa County in 1993 for assaulting a 14-year old girl and was placed on three years probation. While on probation, Hager engaged in multiple acts of sexual contact with his nephews, then ages 9 and 13-years-old. Sexual contact included repeated acts of fellatio, oral penetration, masturbation and genital touching. Hager was initially charged with three counts of First Degree Sexual Assault of a Child which were dismissed and read-in for sentencing after a plea of no contest/guilty to Incest of a Child.
Hager was sentenced to 12 years in Wisconsin State Prison System with a consecutive 10-year probation on October 5, 1995. Hager was scheduled to be discharged from the Department of Corrections custody on October 5, 2007. Upon a recommendation from the Department of Corrections, the Department of Justice reviewed Hager's case and filed a petition on October 1, 2007, seeking to commit him as a sexually violent person.
Hager has now been committed to the custody of the Wisconsin Department of Health Services for care, control and treatment and is expected to be placed at the Sand Ridge Secure Treatment Center in Mauston, Wisconsin for the purpose of receiving treatment.
Assistant Attorney General Thomas Fallon represented the state in this case.