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Dane County Jury Finds Thornon Talley Is Still a Sexually Violent Person Under Chapter 980


MADISON — Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen announced today that Thornon Talley (DOB 04/11/1979) was found to still be a sexually violent person by a Dane County Jury under Wisconsin's civil commitment law (Chapter 980 of the Wisconsin Statutes) following a trial in the City of Madison.


Dane County Circuit Court Judge Sarah O'Brien presided over the case. After the jury found that Talley is still a sexually violent person and not eligible for discharge, Talley asked the court for supervised release. Judge O'Brien determined that Talley is not eligible for supervised release.


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 that predisposes the person to engage in acts of sexual violence, and is dangerous to others because the mental disorder makes it more likely than not that 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. Thornon Talley was originally committed as a sexually violent person in January of 2005. Talley had petitioned the Court for a jury trial to determine if he was still a sexually violent person.


At trial, evidence was presented that Talley was adjudicated delinquent in 1989 of Sexual Contact with Someone Under the Age of 16, convicted of two counts of Second Degree Sexual Assault of a Child in 1998, and Engaging in Repeated Acts of Sexual Assault of a different Child in 1998.


The evidence at trial demonstrated that since his commitment Talley has frequently engaged in acts of sexual misconduct and has had no sexual offender counseling. At trial, psychological evaluators from the Department of Health Services and an independent examiner testified that Talley suffers from mental disorders that predispose him to engage in acts of sexual violence. One of the evaluators also testified that Talley is dangerous as his mental disorders make it more likely than not that he will again engage in future acts of sexual violence.


Assistant Attorney General Karie Cattanach represented the State in this case.