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BARRON - Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen announced today that Nathan Fleming, age 48, was committed in Barron County Circuit Court under Wisconsin's civil commitment law (Chapter 980, Wis. Stats.) following a jury trial in Barron. Barron County Circuit Court Judge James C. Babler 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, in 2009 Fleming was convicted in Barron County of two counts of Substantial Battery. Fleming was extradited from Minnesota and initially charged with multiple counts for sexually assaulting a woman and beating her unconscious. After a jury trial in Barron County, Fleming was acquitted on the sexual assault charges and convicted of two counts of substantial battery. He was sentenced to a total of two years and six months in prison with three years of extended supervision.
Fleming was scheduled to be discharged from the Department of Corrections on September 7, 2010. 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 Donald Latorraca represented the state in this case.