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Court Finds Probable Cause to Commit Ritchie H. Dumer as a Sexually Violent Person


Department of Justice Will Try Dumer Under State's Sexually Violent Person Statute


MADISON - Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen announced today that Dane County Circuit Court Judge David T. Flanagan has found probable cause to commit Ritchie H. Dumer to treatment under the state's sexual predator law.  The Wisconsin Department of Justice (DOJ) filed the state's petition to commit Dumer to treatment on February 17, 2010. 


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 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 DOJ petition, Dumer was convicted of Attempted Second Degree Sexual Assault, False Imprisonment and Battery in Dane County in 1985 and was sentenced to thirty-seven and one-half years in the Wisconsin State Prison System.  The petition alleges that these charges were sexually violent offenses because they were sexually motivated.  Dumer was scheduled for release from the Department of Corrections on February 23, 2010, but will be detained at a Department of Health Services facility to await trial on the petition.


The state's petition alleges that Dumer suffers from a mental condition that predisposes him to engage in acts of sexual violence.  The petition also alleges that Dumer is dangerous as his mental disorder makes it likely that he will engage in future acts of sexual violence.  A petition is only an allegation, and Dumer 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 Generals Rebecca Weise and Eric Defort represent the state in this case.