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Van Hollen Announces Commitment of Charles Dotson to Treatment Under Chapter 980


MADISON - Attorney General J. B. Van Hollen announced today that Charles Dotson, age 40, a Dane County resident, was found to be a sexually violent person under Wisconsin's civil commitment law (Chapter 980, Wis. Stats.) following a three-day jury trial in Madison. DaneCounty Circuit Court Judge Juan B. Colás presided over the case.


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, Charles Dotson was convicted of 3 counts of Second Degree-Sexual Assault/Use of Force in Dane County in 1993, and was sentenced on Count 1: to 10 years and Count 3: to 2 years consecutive in the Wisconsin State Prison System; On Count 2, sentence was withheld and respondent was placed on 15 years probation. On September 7, 2005, after respondent's probation on Count 2 was revoked, he was sentenced to 4 additional years in prison. Dotson was scheduled for release from the Department of Corrections on June 16, 2009. Upon a recommendation from the Department of Corrections, the Department of Justice reviewed Dotson's case and filed a petition on June 9, 2009, seeking to commit him as a sexually violent person.


Mr. Dotson has now been committed to the custody of the Wisconsin Department of Health Services and is expected to be placed at the SandRidge Secure Treatment Center in Mauston, Wisconsin, for the purpose of receiving care, control and treatment.


Assistant Attorney General Rebecca Weise represented the state in this case.