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Department of Justice Seeks to Commit Scott D. McKeever for Treatment

 

MADISON — 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 Sheboygan County man.

 

The petition was filed on April 5, 2012, in Sheboygan County Circuit Court and alleges that Scott D. McKeever (DOB 12/15/1959) is a sexually violent person and should be committed for treatment. A probable cause hearing is scheduled before the Honorable Angela W. Sutkiewicz on April 23, 2012.

 

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, McKeever was convicted of one count of Attempted First Degree Sexual Assault of a Child, in violation of Wis. Stat. §948.02(1) in Sheboygan County Case No.88-CF-241 on February 17, 1989. This offense is a sexually violent offense as defined in Wis. Stat. §980.01(6)(a) and (c). On March 21, 1989, McKeever received five years confinement in the Wisconsin State Prison System for his conviction in CaseNo.88-CF-241. McKeever was previously convicted of one count of Third Degree Sexual Assault, in violation of Wis. Stat. §940.225(3) and one count of Fourth Degree Sexual Assault, in violation of Wis.Stat. § 940.225(3M) in Sheboygan County Case Nos. 87-CF-57 and 87-CM-701 on June29,1987. The offense of Third Degree Sexual Assault is a sexually violent offense as defined in Wis. Stat. §980.01(6)(a) and (c). McKeever was initially sentenced to four years probation in lieu of four years confinement in the Wisconsin State Prison System which had been imposed and stayed for his conviction of Third Degree Sexual Assault. He was further sentenced to six months in the County Jail for his Fourth Degree Sexual Assault conviction. At the time of McKeever's conviction in Sheboygan County Case No.88-CF-241, his probation in Sheboygan County Case No. 87-CF-57 was revoked and he was detained in the Wisconsin State Prison System. McKeever was convicted of one count of First Degree Sexual Assault of a Child, in violation of Wis. Stat. §948.02(1) in Sheboygan County Case No. 90-CF-4 on November19,1990. This offense is a sexually violent offense as defined in Wis. Stat. §980.01(6)(a) and (c). On November 19, 1990, McKeever received fifteen years confinement in the Wisconsin State Prison System, concurrent to any previously imposed sentence for his conviction in CaseNo. 90-CF-4.

 

The state's petition alleges that McKeever suffers from a mental condition that predisposes him to engage in acts of sexual violence. The petition also alleges that McKeever 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. McKeever 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 Karie Cattanach represents the state in this case.