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Department of Justice Seeks to Commit Jamie L. Stephenson to Treatment For Sexual Violence

 

MENOMONIE - Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen announced today that the Wisconsin Department of Justice (DOJ) filed a petition under the state's sexual predator law against a Dunn County man.

 

The petition was filed on April 8, 2011, in Dunn County Circuit Court and alleges that Jamie L. Stephenson (DOB 01/21/1985) is a sexually violent person and should be committed for treatment. A probable cause hearing will be scheduled at a later date before Judge Rod W. Smeltzer.

 

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 DOJ petition, in 2009 Stephenson was convicted in Dunn County of Second Degree Sexual Assault of a Child. Stephenson was sentenced to two years in the Wisconsin State Prison System and four years extended supervision. Stephenson was scheduled to be released from the Department of Corrections on April 19, 2011, but will be detained at a Department of Health Services facility to await trial on the petition.

 

The state's petition alleges that Stephenson suffers from a mental condition that predisposes him to engage in acts of sexual violence. The petition also alleges that Stephenson 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 a finding of probable cause only allows the state's case to move forward. Stephenson 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 General David J. Wambach represents the state in this case.