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MADISON — Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen announced today that a La Crosse County jury found Randy S. Poff (DOB 8/15/1970) to be a Sexually Violent Person, under Wisconsin's civil commitment law. The jury's verdict came at the end of a four day jury trial. Upon return of the verdict, the State moved for judgment on the verdict and the Court committed Mr. Poff as a sexually violent person. La Crosse County Judge Ramona Gonzalez presided over the trial of this matter.
At trial, the State proved that Randy Poff was convicted of two counts of Second Degree Sexual Assault as a Repeater in La Crosse County in 1991 for the violent rape of a jogger in a public park. Poff was sentenced to 24 years in the Wisconsin State Prison System. Poff was eventually released on parole supervision. While on parole, Poff chased another jogger while sexually gratifying himself and prowled outside of the home of a 16-year-old girl and her mother. Further, the State proved that Poff has at least one mental disorder that predisposes him to engage in acts of sexual violence and that Poff is dangerous.
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.
As a result of the verdict, Poff was immediately committed to the Department of Health Services for control, care and treatment until such time that he is no longer sexually violent.
Assistant Attorney General Eric Defort represented the State in this case.