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Van Hollen Announces Commitment of Baird to Treatment Under Chapter 980


MADISON - Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen announced today that Chad E. Baird, 28, was committed in Green County Circuit Court under the state's sexually violent person law.


Green County Circuit Court Judge James R. Beer ordered Baird's commitment after Baird waived his right to trial and stipulated to commitment under the Wisconsin's sexually violent person law.   Baird was ordered committed to the custody of the Department of Health Services for the purpose of sex offender treatment and control.


Chad Baird was convicted of First Degree Sexual Assault of a Child in Green County in 2002 for sexually assaulting a seven-year-old.


The state's petition alleged that Baird suffers from mental conditions that predispose him to engage in acts of sexual violence.  The petition also alleges that Baird is dangerous as his mental disorders make it likely that he will engage in future acts of sexual violence.


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.


Baird was scheduled for release from prison on August 25, 2009. After the commitment petition was filed by the state he was instead transferred to secure custody in a Department of Health Services institution while awaiting resolution of the court proceedings.


Assistant Attorney General Michael Schaefer represents the state in this case.