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WAUKESHA - Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen announced today that on December 8, 2009, Brian Salentine, a Waukesha County resident, age 37, was found to be a sexually violent person under Wisconsin's civil commitment law (Chapter 980, Wis. Stats.) following a two‑day court trial in Waukesha. Waukesha County Circuit Court Judge Robert G. Mawdsley presided over the case and ordered Salentine to be returned to the Wisconsin Resource Center in Winnebago, Wisconsin.
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 more likely than not that 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.
Salentine was most recently convicted in 1994 in Waukesha County criminal court of the sexual assault of his six-year-old niece who he was babysitting. Salentine was ordered to serve eight years in prison consecutive to ten years on a Burglary conviction. Salentine was scheduled to be discharged from the Department of Corrections custody on February 3, 2008. Upon a recommendation from the Department of Corrections, the Department of Justice reviewed Salentine's case and filed a petition on January 23, 2008, seeking to commit him as a sexually violent person.
Salentine 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 Dennis Krueger represented the state in this trial.